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Adjudicator: Police Breached Employee Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

May 1, 2012

Calgary Police Service (CPS) has violated the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, an adjudicator has found, after it accessed a woman's personal e-mail account during a workplace investigation, CTV News reports. During CPS's monitoring of the woman's computer activities following complaints about her behavior, an IT manager found login and password information to the woman's personal e-mail account, revealing evidence of misconduct and leading to the woman's termination. An Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner adjudicator ruled that the evidence was not "necessary" to the investigation because it was obtained via unauthorized use of the woman's personal information. CPS has been ordered to stop the practice and provide employee training on data collection and use during investigations.
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