Edmonton police investigate possible Maintenance Enforcement Program privacy breach

Alberta Minister of Justice Kathleen Ganley. Charles Taylor / Global News

EDMONTON – Edmonton police are investigating an Alberta government employee after a privacy breach at Alberta’s Maintenance Enforcement Program.

The employee no longer has access to MEP client data, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley said.

“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,” Ganley said.

Ganley added she’s asked her department to investigate how, and to what extent, government records may have been inappropriately accessed, and how to prevent the same thing from happening again.

“As this matter concerns the privacy of MEP clients, my department has informed the Office of the information and Privacy Commissioner,” Ganley said.

“I thank the Edmonton Police Service for their continuing work on this file as part of their larger investigation.”

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The MEP employee is also under investigation by Justice and Solicitor officials, according to the justice minister.

MEP collects and enforces court-ordered child spousal support payments.

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