GNWT Facing 20 Million Dollar Lawsuit over Privacy Breaches

*Data from NNSL, CBC North, and CooperRegel Law.

The Government of the Northwest Territories is facing a 20 million dollar representative action lawsuit over it’s number of privacy breaches.

Steven Cooper, a former resident of the NWT and lawyer based in Edmonton is one of the litigators representing residents whose personal health records have been breached.

Cooper says this is similar to a class action lawsuit.

“There’s a claim for 10 million dollars in damages for some compensation for some of the individuals impacted by the latests breach of confidential health information breached, and 10 million dollars in punitive damages that are also being claimed. It’s all started and time will tell where we end up,” Cooper told CKLB this week.

Cooper says resources are being shared between his firm Cooper Regal, Guardian Law and James H. Brown & Associates that are working independently on the N.W.T. breaches.

In one breach, patients confidential information about mental health, drug use, and detailed notes from counseling were found in the Fort Simpson dump in December 2018.

Cooper adds he hopes the lawsuit will also serve as a deterrent, and for the GNWT to take people’s privacy more seriously.

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Josh Campbell
Start your morning with the Splash on Denendeh Sunrise from 7:30-8:30am. Campbell was trained and mentored by longtime CKLB host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Prior to hosting the morning show and filling in on the Saturday Request Show, he had stints in the Yukon on CKRW the Rush, CBC North in Yellowknife, and began his broadcasting career at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving North he was born and raised on the banks of the Tobique River, the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet First Nation.