10/04/2011 03:56 EDT | Updated 12/04/2011 05:12 EST

Alberta privacy czar probes how often cabinet ministers use secondary emails

EDMONTON - Alberta's privacy commissioner wants to find out how often cabinet ministers use secondary email accounts.

And Frank Work says he wants to identify how such email accounts affect access to information requests.

Secondary email accounts became an issue during the Alberta Tory leadership race after a former government staffer came forward with allegations about candidate Ted Morton.

The former staffer says Morton used such an account when he was minister of sustainable resource development.

Work says this new investigation is separate from his probe into the allegations involving Morton.

Work says he wants to establish clear guidelines for how ministerial emails should be treated under information and privacy laws.