Former NDP MP Thomas Dang charged under Health Information Act

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Alberta Mounties who focus on cybercrime say they are charging former NDP MP Thomas Dang under the Health Information Act.

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Dang, the MPP for Edmonton South, has been served a subpoena for violating the Health Information Act and is scheduled to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on July 27, according to a press release issued by the RCMP on Friday. .

Dang faces a charge of unlawfully attempting to access private information contained in Alberta Health’s vaccine portal.

The RCMP statement noted that breaking the law can result in a fine of up to $200,000, but the charge has not been proven in court.

It comes after Dang said last week that he was no longer facing a criminal investigation related to his actions and would not face criminal charges, but expects to a fine. At the time, the RCMP would not confirm any of Dang’s details.

In March, Dang admitted to hacking the online COVID-19 vaccine registration system last year using Prime Minister Jason Kenney’s birthday. He said he probed the website in September to prove there was a loophole in the system that put Albertans’ information at risk.

The investigation led him to resign in December from the NDP caucus to sit as an independent, but Dang asked to return.

UCP Chief Government Whip Brad Rutherford said in a caucus press release on Friday that the hacking of private health records was unacceptable.

“These RCMP charges should mark the end of Thomas Dang’s career in Alberta politics,” he said.

– with files by Lisa Johnson