On March 3, 2015 Canada’s Privacy Commissioner determined that Health Canada breached privacy laws by mailing letters to over 40,000 Marihuana Medical Access Program clients – in envelopes clearly displaying the names of both the Program and the recipients. The Privacy Commissioner’s decision is based on the privacy law applicable to the Federal Government, but similar privacy laws apply to all Canadian private sector organizations making this decision relevant to all organizations operating in Canada.
Here are 3 lessons Health Canada’s privacy breach delivers to private sector organizations.
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David Fraser is a partner with McInnes Cooper and leads its Privacy Law and CASL Teams. David is recognized as a foremost Canadian technology and privacy lawyer and has extensive experience advising private and public sector clients on implementing compliance programs for Canadian privacy legislation, including CASL. You can reach David at firstname.lastname@example.org.