After starting out in a leadership role, Canada is in real danger of having the weakest data protection regulations in the developed world.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 21, 2014
Leaders of the Canadian chapter of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID-Canada) are asking legislators to consider supporting S-4, a bill mandating a national data breach notification requirement in Canada.
NAID-Canada is leading the initiative and NAID CEO Bob Johnson has published a statement in NAIDnews, the association’s quarterly journal, lamenting the country’s lagging response to its data protection and enforcement shortcomings compared to advancements in other developed nations. Currently, only Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) has a breach notification requirement, which was added by an amendment in 2010. In other provinces, and at the national level, breach notification is only recommended.
“In 2007, a recommendation to voluntarily report breaches to the commissioner resulted in an average of 58 such reports per year across the entire country,” said NAID CEO Bob Johnson. “But since it’s become mandatory in Alberta, there have been three times that number per year in a single province.”
Canada’s national data protection law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) enacted in 2000, has not been updated, regardless of recommendations from experts in a 2007 review.
“After starting out in a leadership role, Canada is in real danger of having the weakest data protection regulations in the developed world,” added Johnson.
NAID-Canada leaders have been in contact with Canadian policymakers and a formal letter and whitepaper were submitted to them this month.
About NAID: NAID is a non-profit trade association of the secure destruction industry, currently representing over 1,900 member locations globally. NAID’s mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors.