Alberta Independent MPP Thomas Dang pleads guilty to violating the Health Information Act

EDMONTON — An Alberta legislator charged in a computer hacking investigation has pleaded guilty to a charge under the Health Information Act.

Thomas Dang pleaded in provincial court on Friday, a spokesperson for Dang confirmed in a statement.

He risks a fine and must be sentenced on November 29.

Dang sits as an independent member representing Edmonton South and does not expect to seek re-election in the spring 2023 vote.

He is a former NDP caucus member, but left nearly a year ago when the RCMP began investigating a hack of Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine website.

Dang later admitted to using his computer to act on a tip from a constituent about possible loopholes that allowed access to people’s private health information on the website.

He later said that when he ran into roadblocks trying to get into the vaccination site, he used Prime Minister Jason Kenney’s date of birth and vaccination dates, both of which are publicly available. , which allowed him to breach the site’s privacy safeguards.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 4, 2022

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