Brian Hamilton

Director – Health Information Act, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta

Brian Hamilton has served as Director, Health Information Act at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) of Alberta since 2011. Prior to this appointment, Brian was an investigator at the OIPC for five years, where he conducted precedent-setting investigations involving health data encryption, biometric identification, and malware and was the lead investigator on Alberta’s first successful privacy offence conviction. Brian’s team investigates privacy and access complaints and breach reports, provides advice to Alberta’s health sector, and reviews and comments on Privacy Impact Assessments. From 2001 to 2006 Brian was Manager, Privacy and Security at Alberta Health and Wellness. Brian led efforts to ensure that Alberta’s heath sector met minimum information security standards and developed a privacy and security audit framework for the health sector. As a member of the COACH Privacy and Security Steering Committee, Brian contributes to national guidelines for Canada’s health sector and is a past Instructor with the University of Alberta’s Information Access and Privacy Program.