(follow-up) Ca: Durham told to encrypt health data on mobile devices

Ontario’s privacy commissioner is ordering Durham Region’s health officer to ensure medical data is encrypted on portable devices.

The order follows an incident in December when the health data of more than 83,000 people who received H1N1 flu shots went missing.

A nurse was taking a USB key containing the records to her car in Whitby, Ont., to take it to a clinic site when the device was lost.

Commissioner Ann Cavoukian says she also expects all health data stored on mobile devices in Ontario to include strong encryption.

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