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2 should be charged for snooping in Rob Ford medical records, privacy watchdog says

03/25/2015 11:38 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 05:59 EDT
Ontario's privacy commissioner is recommending that two people face prosecution for the alleged unauthorized access of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford's health records earlier this year.

Brian Beamish, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, has referred two names to the attorney general "for prosecution relating to the unauthorized access of Toronto City Councillor Rob Ford’s medical records at the University Health Network in January 2015," a spokesperson for Beamish said.

Ford was diagnosed with liposarcoma last September. A series of alleged privacy breaches have been reported since his diagnosis.

Two people gained "inappropriate access" to the then-mayor's medical records at Humber River hospital in October, due to what was called a "security lapse."

The hospital didn't say whether the individuals were staff members, but said "appropriate disciplinary action was being taken" against them.

A week earlier, Mount Sinai Hospital announced a similar breach of privacy. Two staff members not involved in Ford's care were disciplined after accessing Ford's medical records.

Ford had initially sought re-election as mayor, but withdrew from the mayoral race in the wake of his cancer diagnosis. Instead, he put his name on the ballot in Ward 2 and was elected as a councillor.

If found guilty, those alleged to have looked at Ford's records could be fined up to $50,000 each under the Personal Health Information Protection Act.

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