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New privacy rules for Saskatchewan politicians and their staff after breach

By The Canadian Press   

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Saskatchewan politicians will have to follow new privacy rules after a care aide's employment record was sent to reporters.

Changes have been made to the code of conduct for members of the legislature and their staff to ensure that they comply with the province’s privacy act.

They also need to get written consent from people to collect, use or disclose personal information or personal health information.

The Freedom of Information Act didn’t previously apply to politicians, though Saskatchewan Party MLA Jeremy Harrison says he thinks members tried to adhere to the spirit of the law.

Saskatchewan privacy commissioner Ronald Kruzeniski said in a report in August that the care aide’s privacy was breached when his personal information was shared by his employer, the health region and the Ministry of Health.

The commissioner said the rules around protection of personal information needed to change so that they apply to MLAs and members of executive council.

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