A Weston woman has been denied entry to the United States based on medical records that should never have been made available to anyone. Homeland Security seems to have somehow got access to her private files.
According to Mike Sullivan’s letter to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Ellen Richardson was refused at Pearson on the grounds of a “mental illness episode” she had in 2012.
This is not the first time someone who has had troubles with mental illness has been refused entry. Wikileaks revealed that US Authorities can access Canadian police databases, and they have used that access to refuse entry to others who have had mental health crises.
Richardson’s case is even more complicated, however. She has suffered two episodes of depression: one in 2012 and one in 2001. The border guard mentioned, and documented, the 2012 episode—and no police were involved. He appears to have known, somehow, her private medical history.
Sullivan asks the Privacy Commissioner a simple, pointed question: “How are medical records of Canadians ending up in the hands of US Homeland Security?”