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Alberta Justice Investigating Maintenance Enforcement Program Privacy Breach

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EDMONTON — Alberta's justice minister says there has been a potential privacy breach involving about 60 people involved in the province's maintenance enforcement program.

Kathleen Ganley says her department and the Edmonton Police Service are investigating.

Under the program the government collects court-ordered child support, spousal and partner support payments on behalf of people who are to receive the money.

Investigation involves confidential information

Ganley says the investigation centres on at least one employee and involves personal and confidential information.

The minister says she is deeply disappointed and concerned.

Ganley says she has directed her department to review what it can do to prevent a future breach.

"I have directed my department to contact MEP clients who may be impacted by this potential breach,'' she said in a release Monday.

"As the police investigation progresses, people whose information may be at risk will also be contacted by police.''

The department has also posted a message on its program website warning clients about the potential privacy breach.

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