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Privacy Commissioner rebukes companies/law firms for disclosing sensitive employee information during transaction

Jurisdiction: - Alberta - British Columbia

Published in Lawson Lundell LLP Labour and Employment Newsletter (Summer 2005)

The Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner (the "Commissioner") recently found two companies and their respective law firms in breach of Alberta's Personal Information Protection Act ("PIPA") in their handling of sensitive employee information while acting for their clients during an acquisition.

Background

Builders Energy Services Ltd., ("Builders") was in the process of acquiring several companies including Remote Wire Line Services Ltd. ("Remote"). Both companies hired law firms to assist with the transaction.

Attached to the purchase and sale agreement was a Schedule that was to include a list of Remote's employees, employment agreements, and details regarding its employee benefit plans.  read more »