Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Incident: Laptop containing personal health information stolen from Saskatchewan contractor

The CBC, via Yahoo! News, is reporting that a computer containing personal health information on Saskatchewan residents has been stolen from the Toronto office of a contractor. The information apparently was "heavily encrypted" and didn't contain any names or other identifying information, other than "health registration numbers". The article is unclear whether this is a medicare number or some other number.

The contractor apparently had access to this information as part of a project involving the analysis of long-term patient care in Saskatchewan. The Privacy Commissioner for the province has been consulted, but there's no mention of the reaction.

See: Computer containing health data stolen - Yahoo! Canada News.

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