The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has been inundated with reported health care privacy breaches in Alberta since mandatory reporting requirements were put in place in August 2018, CBC News reports. In the first year since the change, the OIPC has received more than 1,000 reports, while it had previously received approximately 130 voluntary breach reports a year. Currently, the office is investigating 20 reports and has flagged 70 more as potential offenses. While most cases are accidental, the office is also dealing with breaches related to inappropriate patient file access that could have more serious implications.
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