Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Viewing Employee’s Personal Email Violates Privacy Legislation


On December 18, 2013, the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner ordered an employer to provide training to its staff on appropriate management of personal information in response to the employer viewing a former employee’s personal email account in breach of Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (“Alberta PIPA”).

The employer, Moore’s Industrial Service Ltd. (“MIS”), accessed a former employee’s (the “Complainant”) personal web based email account located on a company issued laptop that the employee had returned prior to retiring.  In particular, the CEO accessed the Complainant’s personal email account, reviewed emails and forwarded some emails to other employees in the company.  

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