03/24/2014 10:43 EDT | Updated 05/24/2014 05:59 EDT

Edmonton Police Department OWE Project Overstepped Privacy Laws

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EDMONTON - Alberta’s Privacy Commissioner has found that an Edmonton police department warrant campaign was in violation of provincial privacy laws.

The 2012 Project Operation Warrant Execution tried to encourage people with outstanding warrants to step forward, or risk having their names and faces publicly released.

Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton says the project was in contravention of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act because police did not take precautions to limit the information it was releasing.

Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht says his department will from now on require a privacy impact assessment for new major projects involving the public disclosure of personal information.

The chief says the warrant project did see more than 5,000 warrants cleared from the system, but admits some errors were made.

In one case, an underage girl’s name and information were released.

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