A laptop with the unencrypted personal health information of 620, 000 Albertans was stolen in September of 2013.
The laptop, belonging to an information technology consultant for Medicentres, was stolen on September 26th, and contained the names, dates of birth, provincial health card numbers, billing codes and diagnostic codes of individuals seen at Medicentres between May 2, 2011 and September 10, 2013.
The process of notifying the public was delayed because Medicentres was trying to figure out how to best do it, chief medical officer Dr. Arif Bhimji said.
“…[T]his was the first time ever having to deal with this sort of situation and it took a lot longer than we would have liked it to take.”
Questions are now being asked as to why the consultant had access to so much information, and why the laptop's data was not encrypted.
Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton is launching an investigation into the event, and the probe will also be taking a wider look of how privacy breaches are reported in Alberta.
For more information about this privacy breach, visit CBC.ca.
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