City of Calgary slammed with $92M class-action lawsuit for privacy breach

The City of Calgary is being sued for $92.9 million, accused of breaching the privacy rights of more than 3,700 of its employees.

The class action lawsuit was filed today, alleging a privacy breach in June 2016. The court document claims a city staffer sent an email to an employee of another Alberta municipality, sharing the personal and confidential information of 3,716 municipal employees.

The statement of claim accuses the city of “acting with the most obvious neglect.The lawsuit claims the thousands of city employees are now at a higher risk of identity theft, financial fraud, financial losses and psychological injury, including humiliation.

The personal information included medical records, Social Insurance Numbers, addresses, dates of birth, Alberta Health Care numbers and income details.

None of the allegations have been proven in court and a statement of defence has not yet been filed.