Police and the Ministry of Health say more people have had their information compromised following B.C.’s recent Pharmanet security breach.
The PharmaNet system holds B.C. Services Card numbers, addresses, dates of birth, and medication history.
The breach follows the arrest of a man facing identity theft-related charges after the ministry said in February they were looking at four incidents of unusual PharmaNet activity.
That “activity” exposed the personal medical information of 7,000 people.
The ministry now says the investigation has found another 13,000 affected.
When asked if those affected by the breach would be compensated, B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake declined to comment.
“I won’t speculate on what actions would be taken. Of course, there are processes through the courts but we’ll have to wait for that information to become available through the result of the investigation.”
However, Lake says he doesn’t expect the investigation to find any further breaches.
“We don’t think so, we have shut down accounts that were affected, and disabled accounts that have been dormant for more than 30 days.”
According to a statement from the Ministry of Health regarding the arrest, none of the suspect’s identity theft-related charges have thus far been laid.
This isn’t the first time the PharmaNet system has been compromised – back in 2014 a much smaller breach exposed the private information of 1,600 people.