Alberta government backs off call for committee investigation into Dang’s hacking of health records

UCP house leader Jason Nixon.
UCP house leader Jason Nixon. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia, file

UCP house leader Jason Nixon has backed away from plans to call on a legislative committee to investigate the actions of Edmonton MLA Thomas Dang, who has admitted to hacking the Alberta vaccine passport system last year.

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After Dang admitted last week that he hacked his way to the vaccine information of a private citizen using Premier Jason Kenney’s birthday and vaccination month, Nixon said he planned to give notice of a motion calling for an investigation by a legislative committee.

That notice never materialized.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Nixon said that after considering the issue he was concerned that moving a motion in the legislature could be perceived as interference with the criminal investigation.

“So while I still have concerns about it from a legislative and house perspective, our intention right now will be to wait to see what the results of the criminal investigation are and then we’ll take action at the legislative side after that,” he said.

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Dang has not been criminally charged for his actions. In December the RCMP executed a search warrant at his house and he resigned from the Alberta NDP to sit as an independent MLA. As of last week police said the investigation was still ongoing.

Dang has maintained that he hacked the website in September to prove there was a flaw in the system that put Albertans’ information at risk. At least one expert has warned that his intentions are not enough to protect him from likely legal consequences.

Dang has also published a detailed explanation of his actions online.

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