Clayton Investigating Ed Minister’s E-mail
PERSONAL PRIVACY—CANADAMarch 1, 2013
Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton is investigating a mass e-mail sent by Education Minister Jeff Johnson to determine whether it complied with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, reports Edmonton Journal. The e-mail was sent to more than 30,000 teachers. Johnson says “it’s entirely appropriate that the minister would take those contacts that are residing within his ministry to communicate with professionals about the profession that he’s responsible to regulate.” The Alberta Teachers’ Association submitted a complaint to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. Clayton said she launched her investigation on “her own motion” and will make recommendations and a public report if the minister’s actions contravened the FOIP Act.