Dalhousie Law Journal


Canada, legislation, personal health information, records, destruction, privacy, autonomy, public good, inequality


This article examines the issue of the retention and destruction of personal health information. While legislation in Canada shows some attention to the issue of retaining health records, very little consideration has been given to their destruction. As technological advances have made indefinite retention feasible, serious privacy issues are now being raised by the lack of a standard related to the destruction of health records. The author argues that this issue needs to be explicitly addressed. The author analyzes this problem by looking at issues of autonomy, public good, inequality, and privacy as a social good before offering thoughts on the shape that policies around the destruction of personal health information should take.

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