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Canada

BC Court Rules on Patient Privacy Case
The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled in Logan v. Hong that patients’ privacy rights mean doctors are not required to provide the plaintiff’s counsel with the names of people who had used the defendant’s product, reports Mondaq. Class counsel argued that in order to inform prospective participants of the suit, they needed to know who had been injected with the product. The court, however, ruled that "absent serious concerns relating to health or safety, or express legislative provisions compelling release of the information in the public interest," patient privacy trumped the class’ right to access.
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EU

Ministers Consider Allowing States To Determine Fines
EU ministers are considering plans to allow each member state to decide "the rules on whether and to what extent administrative fines may be imposed on public authorities and bodies established in that member state," Out-Law.com reports. The draft rule is contained in a leaked document sent from the Irish Presidency of the Council of Ministers to the Working Party on Information Exchange and Data Protection, the report states. Fine limits are not outlined in the document.
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Croatia Joins EU, Must Implement Data Protection Directive
The Hunton & Williams Privacy and Information Security Law Blog reports on Croatia joining the EU on July 1, noting, “As of the day of its accession, Croatia must implement the acquis communautaire (the complete body of the EU legislation), which includes the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.” Croatia’s Act on Personal Data Protection, which was adopted in 2003 and amended three times over the past decade, “closely tracks the principles of the Data Protection Directive,” the report states, detailing examples of the act’s provisions.
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Emily Leach, CIPP/US

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