A Calgary woman has been convicted and fined for a privacy breach while she was working at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
The breach occured between November 2013, and the end of March, 2014, and was discovered a month later when Alberta Health Services conducted database audits.
The audits flagged instances when Judy Anderson accessed files of 26 people – adults who shared her last name, as well as adults with no connection to the program in which she worked.
The breach was reported to the Privacy Commissioner’s office and the matter then moved on to the courts.
Anderson has pleaded guilty and just last week was fined $5,000.
This was the fifth conviction since the Health Information Act was enacted in 2001.