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HIV data leak: judgment call whether to disclose breach to affected persons and public, says Health Minister

Singapore

A KEY factor in the government's decision whether to disclose the HIV Registry data breach when it first learnt about it in 2016 was that there was no evidence the information then had been disseminated to the public, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong told Parliament on Tuesday.

Another was the sensitivity surrounding HIV status, he said in a ministerial statement.

In April 2016, American Mikhy K Farrera Brochez revealed to the authorities that he had names and particulars from the registry.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) had to decide whether to inform the affected persons and make a public announcement about this, Mr Gan said.

It decided not to.

"These were not straightforward decisions. On the...

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