B.C. Ministry of Health fires 5 for privacy breachNumber of breaches ‘increasing exponentially,’ says industry expertBy Amanda Silliker10/08/2012|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2012 In September, the British Columbia Ministry of Health fired five employees and suspended two others for alleged misuse of confidential medical information. The employees were working with contractors on drug-related research and it is believed they went outside the rules around taking and using data, said Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid.“We take all allegations of this nature very seriously,” she said. “We must ensure confidence is maintained in the integrity of the public service to execute its responsibilities in a manner that meets the high standards of conduct expected by the public.”Privacy breaches have “increased exponentially in the last five or six years,” said Michael Collins, regional vice-president of Shred-it in Oakville, Ont. Two-thirds of large organizations have suffered a data breach, found a survey of 1,000 Canadian employers by Shred-it. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.