Whistleblowers allege U of T data project collected 600K patient records without consent – GLOBAL

January 23, 2023

Ontario’s privacy commissioner is investigating a sweeping data project at the University of Toronto that is alleged to have collected over 600,000 electronic medical records without patient consent or knowledge.

Filed last summer by a group of concerned doctors in the GTA, a privacy complaint alleges the University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network, a decade-old project known by the futuristic acronym UTOPIAN, has collected entire medical records (EMRs) from over 1,400 family physicians as part of a “massive data grab.”

Researchers with UTOPIAN asked family doctors to submit entire patient charts under the “guise” of a research study, according to the complaint. The project has collected well over 613,000 EMRs.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/9428080/university-of-toronto-medical-records-data-project-ontario-privacy-complaint/

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