Alberta MLA Thomas Dang charged with Health Information Act breach, could face $200K fine

An Alberta legislature member investigated by the RCMP after admitting to hacking into a government health website is being charged under the province’s Health Information Act.

The Alberta RCMP Cybercrime Investigative Team says it has charged Thomas Dang for illegally attempting to access private information contained in the Alberta Health Services vaccine portal.

If convicted, the second-term MLA for Edmonton-South could face a fine up to $200,000.

He is scheduled to appear in court July 27.

Dang resigned from the NDP caucus when he became aware of the RCMP probe in December 2021.

Police investigated after Dang admitted to using his computer to follow up on a tip from a constituent about possible loopholes that were allowing access to people’s private health information on the province’s COVID-19 vaccine website.

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

He has been sitting in the House as an Independent but says he wants to return to caucus.

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