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Adjudicator: Company Must Offer Privacy Education

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—CANADA

June 24, 2010

An Edmonton-based business has been ordered to educate its employees about privacy laws after two managers sent out a memo about the departure of a "difficult" staffer, the Edmonton Journal reports. Keri Ridley, information and privacy adjudicator, has ruled that managers at Insight Psychological violated the former employee's privacy rights by releasing personal information without her consent, the report states. While the company said it released the information to dispel rumors, Ridley wrote in an 18-page decision released Wednesday that the company's opinions "were not innocuous information, nor was it distributed to those who needed to know it." An Information and Privacy Commission spokesman said organizations need to be cognizant of Alberta's privacy laws "when they develop their own privacy policies."
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