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Commissioner Probes Credit Checks

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—CANADA

May 26, 2010

Alberta's privacy commissioner is investigating why some Alberta government employees were the subject of credit checks earlier this year, The Edmonton Journal reports. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is calling Alberta Justice's credit checks on 27 employees--revealed by an anonymous tipster after employees noticed flags on their credit reports--an "unnecessary invasion of privacy." The union has filed a grievance against the government. In a letter to those affected, Deputy Minister Ray Bodnarek apologized and said proper procedures and government-wide protocols had not been followed, but records of the credit checks had since been destroyed. "I take this matter very seriously and have further instructed that internal mechanisms are established and followed to ensure this type of error does not occur again," he said.
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