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Commissioner: Credit Checks Broke Law

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

December 2, 2010

Alberta Privacy Commissioner Frank Work has found that Alberta Justice broke the province's privacy laws and the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) violated the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act after running unauthorized credit checks on 25 MEP employees, the Edmonton Sun reports. Work said the department has agreed an error was made, and he is satisfied the proper steps have been taken to prevent it from happening again, the report states. The investigation was launched when employees with the MEP lodged complaints about unauthorized credit checks that were part of a 2009 internal investigation involving forged checks.
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