Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton determined government employees did not violate any rules after it was discovered more than 800,000 emails had been deleted across several ministries, the Edmonton Journal reports. The Official Opposition, now the United Conservative Party, filed a complaint in 2017 when it found 859,861 emails had been deleted after it had made two requests for email records. While Clayton found no evidence of wrongdoing, the complaints resulted in an improved system to conduct internal audits of email use within government agencies. "Overall, this investigation reinforces the fundamental importance of a comprehensive, effective records management program to ensure that public bodies are able to fulfil their access and privacy obligations under the FOIP Act, and for meeting other business and legal responsibilities," Clayton said.
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