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Mandatory Privacy Breach Reporting Coming to Alberta's Health Sector
Alberta’s health custodians will soon be required to notify Albertans whose health information has been subject to a privacy breach. The mandatory breach reporting requirements under the Health Information Act come into force on August 31, 2018. “This is good news for the privacy of Albertans. I’m pleased that individuals affected by a health information breach will now have the right to be notified, which will bring Alberta in line with a majority of Canadian provinces and territories,” said Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton. “Health information is among the most sensitive of personal details anyone can share. When health information is breached, it’s important that people know so that they can take steps to protect themselves from potential harm.”
Award Recipient for Contributions to Freedom of Information Announced
Maryann Hammermeister was recognized for advancing access to information in Alberta. She was presented the Robert C. Clark Award at an Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) meeting. Ms. Hammermeister, the District FOIP Coordinator for EPSB, was selected unanimously by an independent, three-person panel of experts in the field of access to information.
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