Five Mounties sue RCMP in alleged medical privacy breach

There’s an update to a workplace medical privacy breach involving members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). I’ve been following the case on this blog since July, 2013. In December 2014, the privacy commissioner found that the RCMP had violated the employees’ privacy by turning over their records to a psychologist. In October 2015, there was a report that the lawsuit might be expanding.

Global News, who has now posted a copy of the lawsuit, provides some background on the case:

All five have one thing in common: they were patients of long-time psychologist Mike Webster, a man who has long criticized the culture of the RCMP.

Anderson says the privacy breach happened when the RCMP tried to silence Webster in 2012, first by removing his funding to treat RCMP members, then by questioning his professional conduct in a complaint to the B.C. College of Physicians.

To support the complaint, the RCMP pulled information from Webster’s treatment files, alleging he made derogatory comments about the organization during treatment sessions, and that those comments could be harmful to his patients.

Read more on Global News.

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