HomeSudbury News

NDP seeks answers in breach of privacy

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Dec 05, 2013 - 1:49 PM |
A number of people in southern Ontario have reported their privacy was violated when their personal health records were handed over to American authorities. File photo.

A number of people in southern Ontario have reported their privacy was violated when their personal health records were handed over to American authorities. File photo.

Ontarians have reported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had their health records

NDP health critic France Gélinas said Ontarians are owed an explanation for revelations that some people's personal health information was shared with the United States' Department of Homeland Security.

“All Ontarians need to be assured that their personal information is never shared without their consent,” Gélinas, the MPP for Nickel Belt, said in a release. “When Ontarians sees privacy cracks in their health information, it is their confidence in the health-care system that crumbles.”

Toronto resident Ellen Richardson went to the media after private details of her medical history were used to deny her entry to the United States. Gélinas’ office has heard from other Ontarians who have experienced similar situations since Richardson has come forward.

In an email to Northern Life, Gélinas said all the cases so far have been in southern Ontario.

If you have had your privacy violated in this manner, and wish to share your story, please contact Northern Life's health reporter, Jonathan Migneault, at [email protected].

Reader's Feedback

NorthernLife.ca may contain content submitted by readers, usually in the form of article comments. All reader comments and any opinions, advice, statements or other information contained in any messages posted or transmitted by any third party are the responsibility of the author of that message and not of NorthernLife.ca. The fact that a particular message is posted on or transmitted using this web site does not mean that NorthernLife.ca has endorsed that message in any way or verified the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message. We encourage visitors to NorthernLife.ca to report any objectionable content by using the "report abuse" link found in the comments section of this web site. Comment Guidelines


comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular

Local Business Directory