The recommendation to define destruction was endorsed by the Committee during the last
PIPEDA review in 2007, but it did not result in legislative changes. Since then, other countries
have continued to take this step, thereby providing their citizens with enhanced privacy protection.
In addition, many jurisdictions, particularly at the State level in the U.S, now impose significant fines
on organizations that fail to safely destroy information, which is also something we believe Canada
should consider. Here in Canada, jurisdictions like Alberta have given their privacy authorities fining
More information on these issues is provided in the enclosed document and we would welcome the opportunity
to appear before your Committee as part of this review.
Finally, please also note that NAID is currently conducting the largest known forensic examination of second
hand memory devices, the results of which will be released at our annual conference in March. Several past studies,
including one by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, have found that discarded or recycled electronic devices are
often not properly wiped of personal information. The press release announcing this study is attached and we will share
the results with the Committee when they are released.
Thank you for your time and consideration, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about any of these
cc: Members of the House of Commons Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee
Mr. Hugues La Rue, Committee Clerk continued on page 24