HALIFAX, Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - McInnes Cooper law firm today filed a
proposed class action in Federal Court against the Government of Canada
in response to Health Canada's breach of the privacy rights of 40,000
patients in the Marijuana Medical Access Program. Under the Marijuana
Medical Access Program, patients are permitted to grow marijuana in
their residence for medicinal purposes.
Earlier this month, Health Canada sent these patients a letter via
Canada Post that clearly indicated on the envelope that the named
patient participated in the Marijuana Medical Access Program.
Health Canada's disclosure of the patients' private medical information
has raised serious employment and security concerns, and caused the
patients to suffer considerable stress and anxiety.
"As a result of Health Canada's error, we have already spoken with a
number of people whose lives have been affected by this breach," said
David Fraser, a national expert on privacy law, and McInnes Cooper's
lead lawyer on this case.
"We have heard that some individuals have already lost their jobs as a
result, and everyone we've spoken with is concerned about their safety
in their homes."
SOURCE: McInnes Cooper
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