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Long-term care home hired chicken farm to shred sensitive records.

A Canadian long-term care company found itself in hot water over its plan to let a chicken farm shred its sensitive health documents.

A chicken farm should not be used to dispose of sensitive health documents, said Ron Kruzeniski, Saskatchewan's privacy and information commissioner, as he announced he was cancelling the agreement, according to media sources.

CBC News reported that the privacy office had been investigating Spruce Manor Special Care Home in Dalmeny after some of the residents' health cards ended up in a recycling bin.

The investigation revealed that the home had signed a contract with an undisclosed chicken farm to destroy its confidential records. In the agreement, the farm said it would "agree to accept full responsibility to maintain the security and confidentiality of all documents" received from Spruce Manor Special Care Home, CBC News said.

That's "unacceptable," Kruzeniski said in his report. He noted that the agreement does not specify how the chicken farm planned to "maintain the security and confidentiality" of the personal health information it received.

"I recommend that Spruce Manor Special Care Home no longer use [a] chicken farm to destroy records in spite of the former administrator asserting he had no problems/concerns with the use of the chicken farm," Kruzeniski said in the report.

According to CBC News, it's unclear whether any sensitive documents ever went to the farm. An administrator at Spruce Manor indicated the farm wasn't involved in destroying records.

The care home ended its contract with the chicken farm and said it is looking for a certified company for all future document shredding.

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Title Annotation:INFO SECURITY
Publication:Information Management Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2015
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