COVID-19: HKPR District Health Unit reports privacy breach involving client emails

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The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says it is moving to code a privacy breach involving a wide email sent to astir 500 clients successful its jurisdiction.

According to the wellness unit, the breach involves an email relating to COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The wellness portion serves the City of Kawartha Lake, Northumberland County and Haliburton County.

According to Today’s Northumberland, the email was requesting residents to reschedule 2nd vaccine dose appointments to earlier dates.

“The email was sent to email addresses radical had provided erstwhile booking archetypal COVID vaccine appointments,” the wellness portion stated. “However, radical receiving the emails were capable to spot the email addresses of each different recipients.”

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A radical email regarding COVID-19 vaccines was sent retired to residents successful HKPR district. Unfortunately, the email addresses were exposed, causing a privateness breach for immoderate of our clients.

— HKPRD Health Unit (@HKPRDHU) July 23, 2021

The incidental has been reported to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. The wellness portion is pursuing up with the radical impacted by the breach.

“We instrumentality this contented precise earnestly and sincerely apologize for this incident,” said Dr. Natalie Bocking, the wellness unit’s aesculapian serviceman of health. “We are reaching retired to affected individuals and besides moving internally to guarantee determination is nary repetition of this situation.”

The wellness portion asks anyone who received these emails to delete them immediately. The wellness portion besides powerfully urges recipients of the email not to guardant the email to immoderate different idiosyncratic oregon party, truthful the breach is not compounded.

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