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Stars Aligning in Canada - Shred Legislation Imminent

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Between a series of high profile information disposal fiascoes and the strong relationships NAID-Canada has forged with policymakers, the likelihood of an information destruction requirement in Canada is looking more promising than ever.

An annual report issued by the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner which is submitted to the Canadian federal government, not only cites many of the recent breaches and potential risks caused by casual disposal of information, but also recommends legally requiring destruction prior to disposal and cites NAID Certification as the recommended standard for companies that provide destruction services.

On the heels of that success, the Canadian Privacy Commissioner’s office in Ottawa also issued a position paper citing the need for an information destruction requirement to be included in pending national legislation. NAID recently provided information to the Canadian IPC at their request and is expecting to meet with them in the near future.

The 2007 NAID-Canada Conference will be held February 1-2, 2007, at the Marriott Hotel Yorkville in downtown Toronto.