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Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne said Tuesday that “no one has yet provided him with a progress report on the response to Alberta’s largest ever breach of personal information, involving the health data of some 620,000 patients of Medicentres Canada,” Edmonton Journal reports. A spokeswoman for the province’s privacy commissioner has indicated it would not be appropriate to provide updates while the investigation is ongoing. In a separate story for the Journal, Paula Simons writes that Horne “should stop saying things that sound a lot like attacks on the privacy commissioner.” Meanwhile, several healthcare professionals have submitted letters to The Star sharing their perspectives on the potential for medical data breaches and issues surrounding patient privacy.
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