There are privacy gaffes and then there are privacy gaffes. No idea how this happened but, Health Canada has some explaining to do over a recent privacy related failure regarding, medical marijuana.
The most recent letter, she said, was delivered in an envelope that referred explicitly to the Medical Marijuana Access Program and included her name and address on the envelope.
"I was instantly shocked and appalled to see the words 'medical marijuana' and 'Health Canada' exposed for everyone to see," Stultz-Giffin told CBC News on Thursday.
Stultz-Giffin said the letter explained changes are being made to the program because the "high value of marijuana on the illegal market increases risks of violent home invasion and diversion to the black market."
High value you say? So, sure just put on the label the contents of the package. I'm sure no one would mind.
That, was sarcasm.
It's not like the postal carrier could see that envelope. Or perhaps, that mail ends up in the wrong mailbox. Which oddly enough happens enough at my house that I'm beginning to wonder.
George Da Pont, the deputy minister at Health Canada, issued an apology on the Health Canada website and called it an administrative error.
"I have been advised that as the result of an administrative error, the envelopes were labelled to indicate that they were sent by the program. This is not standard Health Canada practice," he wrote.
"On behalf of Health Canada, I deeply regret this administrative error. Health Canada is taking steps to ensure this does not happen again."
Administrative error? That's a bit of a soft sell wouldn't you say? I find it amazing that this privacy failure happened at all. This screw up could have potentially resulted in someone getting hurt and that is not OK.
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