E-mailing fired employee’s termination letter violated privacy: privacy commissioner

Employer said letter contained work-related information for job candidate
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An Alberta company illegally violated a former employee’s privacy when it e-mailed his termination letter to a prospective employee, the office of the information and privacy commissioner has ruled.

On Oct. 19, 2005, a staff member of Point Centric Inc., a Calgary-based systems integration and services company, was discussing a job candidate’s potential duties if he was hired. The candidate’s potential job duties were directly affected by the circumstances of the former employee’s dismissal, so the staffer e-mailed a copy of the former employee’s letter of termination to the candidate. After finding out, the former employee filed a complaint, arguing the disclosure of his personal information to a third party without his consent was contrary to Alberta’s

Personal Information Protection Act