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Alberta's Former Government Broke Privacy Law When Gathering Sunshine List

11/20/2015 11:52 EST | Updated 11/20/2015 11:59 EST
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EDMONTON, AB - JUNE 04: A general view of the Alberta Legislature Building on June 4, 2015 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

EDMONTON — An investigation by Alberta's privacy commissioner found that the former Conservative government made some mistakes when gathering information for the sunshine list released last year.

Commissioner Jill Clayton says the government's collection, use, and disclosure of the personal information was not in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

Spokesman Scott Sibbald says the newly introduced Bill 5 will change how that information is collected as those employees will be surrendering their own information, and will be given more time to do so.

Sibbald says this does not call into question the validity of the sunshine list.

Bill 5 has not yet been passed in the legislature.

Under the Public Service Compensation Disclosure Policy, the names of government employees with base compensation, including salary, benefit, and severance amounts equal to or greater than $104,754 in 2015 must be posted online.

The amount for 2014 was $100,102 and $100,000 for 2012 and 2013.

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