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NAID-Canada House of Commons Appearance Pays Off

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On February 8, 2007, NAID executive director Bob Johnson and NAID-Canada Chairman Dave Carey provided testimony to the Canadian House of Commons Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee. The Parliamentary Committee had invited NAID-Canada to provide input regarding the improvement of the information destruction provisions of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Protection Act (PIPEDA).

After providing a 10-minute opening statement, House of Commons representatives from across Canada who had assembled for the meeting, kept the NAID-Canada delegation engaged in questioning for a full hour and a half.

As evidence of the success of the testimony, the Chair of the committee concluded the proceedings by requesting that NAID-Canada provide language reflecting its recommendations for the revised PIPEDA. While certainly not a "blank check," it is a sign that the testimony struck a cord with the committee and indicates that NAID-Canada made significant progress in better protecting Canadian citizens under an improved version of PIDEDA.

The NAID-Canada prepared testimony will be published in the March 2007 edition of NAIDnews.