Commissioner Cavoukian to issue Health Order relating to a stolen laptop from the Hospital for Sick Children

    TORONTO, March 7 /CNW/ - Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann
Cavoukian will release a report early Thursday morning on her investigation
into the theft of a laptop containing the personal health information of 2,900
patients of the Hospital for Sick Children. The Commissioner is calling on
every health information custodian in Ontario to take a number of very
specific steps. The Order ends with: "There is no excuse for unauthorized
access to personal health information (PHI) due to the theft or loss of a
mobile computing device - any PHI contained therein must be encrypted." The
need to encrypt personal data contained in mobile computing devices (laptops,
PDAs) is particularly timely since the present month, March, is being
recognized as Fraud Prevention Month.
    The report is being posted to the Commissioner's website (
at 7 a.m. Thursday and a news release will move on the CNW wire at 7 a.m. The
Commissioner will be available for interviews as of 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Bob Spence, Communications
Co-ordinator Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario,
Office: (416) 326-3939 or 800-387-0073, Cell: (416) 873-9746,

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