Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, issued the following statement in response to a potential privacy breach of client data from the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP):
“I am extremely disappointed to learn that Maintenance Enforcement Program client data may have been compromised in a potential privacy breach.
“As this information came to my attention following a larger investigation by the Edmonton Police Service, a MEP employee is now under investigation by both Justice and Solicitor department officials and the Edmonton Police Service. This employee no longer has access to MEP client data.
“I have directed my department to contact MEP clients who may be impacted by this potential breach. As the police investigation progresses, people whose information may be at risk will also be contacted by police.
“I have also directed my department to complete a thorough investigation into the operating procedures to determine how, and to what extent, government records may have been inappropriately accessed—and, importantly, what could be done to prevent this from happening again.
“As this matter concerns the privacy of MEP clients, my department has informed the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
“I thank the Edmonton Police Service for their continuing work on this file as part of their larger investigation.”
Information for Albertans on what steps to take if they think their personal information has been compromised is available at servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/560.
Clients who think they are affected can call a special information phone line at 780-644-3756 (toll-free by dialing 310-0000 first). More information can also be found on mep.alberta.ca.