Health Canada has come under investigation again from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, after receiving hundreds of complaints that Health Canada had sent out revealing private information to 40,000 registered participants in the Medical Marihuana Access Program (MMAP) that clearly had identifying Medical Marihuana Access (MMA) program association on the upper left of the envelopes. The letters sent out, and received by approximately 40,000 participants in late November, clearly stated on the envelope that they were from the Marihuana Medical Access Program.
In the six years of being a MMAP registered participant, I have always received and sent correspondence to and from the Health Canada MMAP through private special delivery mail, tracked and signature required.
Your Pal AL has had many correspondences with several investigators from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada from my all my personal complaints that i have filed.. and all I can say is when its not a big corporation they are investigating, and only private sector personal complaints, they did not investigate much at all.
All the complaints that were filed by me against Landlord Legal, Dykstra Bros Electric, Coin Hoarders Treasury and Health Canada, with all the corresponding letters to and from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada investigators will be posted here as all are scanned and organized soon.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Health Canada for the clear breach of privacy that had occurred. Here is another good post to check out from the Ottawa Citizen with Liberal health critic Hedy Fry urging the Federal Privacy Commissioner to find out why Health Canada outed the 40,000 Medical Marihuana Access users, leaving them vulnerable to home invasion and robbery.
From Ottawa Citizen post : “Medical marihuana privacy breach due to Health Canada “incompetence”,critics say”.
Hedy Fry ~ Liberal health critic
“Privacy alone is a huge breach,” she said, “but now the risks to some of these people is huge. It’s really extraordinary and this government has to answer why, on three separate occasions in the last two years, they have screwed up. This government knows how to keep who said what to whom in the Prime Minister’s Office secret, but they aren’t competent enough to keep important information about Canadians that under the Privacy Act they have to keep secret.”
Shortly after the letters became public , Health Canada deputy minister George Da Post issued a statement apologizing to the 40,000 recipients.
“Health Canada is taking steps to ensure this does not happen again,” he said.
In a statement to the Ottawa Citizen, Health Canada denied that any changes had been made to its mailing procedures.
Link to Privacy Commissioner website : Privacy Commissioner to investigate Health Canada for possible breach of personal information
Link to ctvnews.ca website post from November 25 2013 : Medical marijuana users launch proposed lawsuit after Health Canada privacy gaffe
Link to cannabisculture.com post : Health Canada’s War on Medical Marijuana Patients