The Canadian Press reports Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne is "outraged" after learning that “a laptop containing key information on 620,000 patients was stolen four months ago but only now brought to his department's attention.” The unencrypted data included patients' dates of birth, health card numbers, billing data and diagnostic codes. Horne said that although the laptop, which was stolen in September, was reported missing to Alberta Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton and the Edmonton police days later, he just learned of the incident this week. Horne asked Clayton to investigate the incident, and she has begun that process. “This incident raises concerns about how privacy breaches are reported generally,” Clayton said, adding, “In terms of reporting these incidents to the public or the government of Alberta, I have no authority to do so.”
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