Privacy officials say LifeLabs has asked court to limit their breach report


TORONTO — Two of Canada’s provincial privacy officers say that they’re still unable to release a full report about last year’s security breach at LifeLabs because the company has gone to court to stop them.

A joint statement from the privacy commissioners for Ontario and British Columbia says the Toronto-based chain of medical labs has agreed to comply with their orders and recommendations.

They say LifeLabs has sought a court order preventing the public release of some of the report, claiming it contains information that’s privileged or otherwise confidential.

But Ontario’s Patricia Kosseim and B.C.’s Michael McEvoy say they believe it’s vital to bring to light the underlying causes of a privacy breach involving information of up to 15 million customers.

The commissioners reported last month that LifeLabs had failed to put in place reasonable safeguards and it had broken Ontario and B.C.’s information protection laws.

LifeLabs said at the time that it had taken a number of steps to accelerate its cybersecurity strategy and practices to strengthen its information security system.

The company was not immediately available for comment about the commissioners’ latest statement.


  1. hello—-no excuse for individuals waiting in line for blood work-bad enough a mask—i gave up and will not go back-no one should wait for this process—thanks to our local health unit fake issues

    • But you’ll wait in line for Walmart and the bank and License office and restaurants and on and on and on. Make an appointment!….then you don’t have to wait in line!

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