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Confidentiality Regulations

made under Sections 74 and 106 of the
Health Protection Act
S.N.S. 2004, c. 4
O.I.C. 2005-457 (October 14, 2005, effective November 1, 2005), N.S. Reg. 199/2005

1 These regulations may be cited as the Confidentiality Regulations.

2 In these regulations,

(a) "Act" means the Health Protection Act;

(b) "business information" means information about an identifiable business, including

(i) the businessís name, address and telephone number,

(ii) investigation, inspection, examination, test or analysis results with respect to a health hazard or communicable disease related to the business, and

(iii) proprietary or confidential business information;

(c) "personal information" means information about an identifiable individual, including

(i) the individualís name, address and telephone number,

(ii) the individualís race, national or ethnic origin, colour and religious or political beliefs or associations,

(iii) the individualís age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status and family status,

(iv) an identifying number, symbol or other particular assigned to the individual,

(v) the individualís fingerprints, blood type and inheritable characteristics,

(vi) information about the individualís health-care history, including a physical or mental disability,

(vii) information about the individualís educational, financial, criminal or employment history,

(viii) anyoneís opinions about the individual, and

(ix) the individualís personal views or opinions, except if they are about someone else.

Security of information
3 Personal information or business information that is accessed by a medical officer under Section 15 or 16 of the Act or the regulations or is otherwise received by a medical officer must be kept in a secure location that is accessible only by a medical officer or staff authorized by a medical officer.

Sharing information
4 If the Chief Medical Officer discloses personal information or business information to another jurisdiction or party under subsection 15(2) of the Act, the Chief Medical Officer must enter into an agreement with the jurisdiction or party to ensure that they will not disclose the personal information or business information to any other jurisdiction or party without the consent of the Chief Medical Officer.