“Earlier this week, Alberta’s government became aware of a technical error within the Critical Worker Benefit portal that involved employee information.

“After investigating the matter, it was determined that the personal information of 224 employees could be viewed by other employers when using the application portal.

“As soon as the Government of Alberta was made aware of the vulnerability, immediate action was taken to temporarily shut down the portal, and the issue was quickly resolved.

“We can confirm the information was in no way accessed or shared outside of the portal. We want to assure Albertans that the information entered into the Critical Worker Benefit application portal remains secure from the public.

“I want to apologize to those employees who have been affected by this unfortunate situation. We are working with employers to contact affected employees directly and, as a precaution, the Government of Alberta will be providing credit monitoring to affected employees to ensure the protection of their identities, personal information and credit.

*“All affected employees will be contacted as soon as possible. If someone does not receive such a notification, they have not been affected and do not need to be concerned about their personal information submitted through the program.

“The Government of Alberta is committed to ensuring personal information remains secure and protected once it reaches a government server. We are taking every step possible, including working with the privacy commissioner, to make sure nothing like this happens again.”

*Editor’s note:This version has been updated from the previous version.