Flashback: MPs call for expanded privacy law
June 30, 2009
The Saskatchewan agency overseeing how government handles personal information reported Tuesday that the province needs to clean up its act.
Gary Dickson, the Saskatchewan information and privacy commissioner, reported that his office handled 62 complaints of a privacy breach in 2008, up from just two investigations in 2004.
“This explosion in the volume of breach of privacy complaints … constitutes the single most significant change in our caseload,” Dickson said on Tuesday.
His 2008-09 report released Tuesday highlights some of the cases he examined.
“We dealt with inappropriate sharing of personal health information by an assortment of health professionals,” Dickson said. “We had a case where an employer shared a psychological assessment with a number of other people who had no business seeing that information. We had employment and financial information provided to the wrong person. We had the personal health information of patients exposed to the world via an internet link.”
Dickson also reported that he failed to meet his own goals for resolving complaints taken to his office.
He said he does not have enough staff to handle a backlog of files, some of which date to 2004.
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