Read the Letter to the House of Commons ______________________________________
February 8, 2017
Mr. Blaine Calkins, M.P., Chair
House of Commons Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Dear Mr. Calkins:
The National Association for Information Destruction – Canada (NAID-Canada) looks forward to your Committee’s
upcoming review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Canada has
traditionally been a global leader in privacy protection, though in recent years that standing has started to erode as
other countries introduce more stringent measures.
In fact, with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now law in the European Union, the absence of strong
enforcement and reference to meaningful service provider controls in Canada is even more glaring – as is the fact
Canada’s breach notification law is still not in effect despite being passed over a year and a half ago.
By way of background, NAID-Canada is the national non-profit association representing companies that specialize in
secure information and document destruction. NAID-Canada’s mission is to raise awareness and understanding of the
importance of secure information and document destruction. In doing so, we want to ensure that private, personal and
business information is not used for purposes other than originally intended. NAID-Canada also plays an active role in
the development and implementation of industry standards and certification and provides a range of member services
which include advocacy, communication, education and professional development.
Please find enclosed a package of proposed PIPEDA amendments from NAID-Canada that would address a persistent
problem: the failure to safely destroy information that is no longer needed. Our primary recommendation is to include
a definition of information destruction in PIPEDA, as well as an explicit requirement for organizations to safely destroy
information that is no longer needed.
NAID-Canada: Parliamentary Submissions
NAID Continues to Advocate for Best Practices in Canada and Beyond
Ever vigilant of potential government legal changes that could affect our membership, and always seeking
where we can weigh in to make a difference for our industry, NAID-Canada has been especially active to submit
comment on a few topics to Parliament before they recessed for summer.
Earlier in the year, NAID-Canada submitted comments to the House of Commons Access to Information, Privacy
and Ethics Committee regarding PIPEDA. We then followed-up on these items in June and are seeking the
opportunity to speak to the House when it resumes sitting in mid-September.