by Michelle Bellefontaine
Originally published: August 2, 2016
The Edmonton public school board breached the privacy of a transgender student by displaying her male birth name to classmates during morning roll call, the province's privacy commissioner has ruled.
The ruling, posted last week by the office of the commissioner, found the school failed to protect the girl's personal information on multiple occasions.
"I understand the complainant's frustration and concern," adjudicator Keri H. Ridley said in the decision. "I agree there were not proper safeguards in place at the time of the breaches."
Prior to starting at the unnamed school, the girl and her parents told school officials she was transgender. But they didn't want other students to know.