Acting Commissioner Beamish concerned that patient information was found scattered around Toronto neighbourhood.

In an interview with Global News, Ontario’s acting Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, expressed concern that documents containing personal patient information were found scattered across a Toronto neighbourhood clearly showing patient names, addresses, phone numbers and social insurance numbers The Commissioner said that, “It’s critical to realize that disposal does not mean putting them in the garbage, putting them in the recycling bin. It is the health professional who is ultimately responsible for how these records are disposed of. That’s why it’s critical that there’s an understanding with a third party provider like a cleaning company in terms of how the records will be securely destroyed.”

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