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Canadian House of Commons improves data protection

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June 25, 2015

NAID-Canada welcomed the passage of Bill S-4 in the House of Commons on June 17. The bill amends Canada’s private sector privacy law to include provisions that require organizations to maintain a record of all privacy breaches and to send breach notifications. In addition, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has been granted fining power of up to $100,000 for organizations that fail to meet these standards.

Over the year-long debate about S-4, NAID-Canada advocated for its passage, including an article from NAID CEO Bob Johnson chronicling how the country’s current data protection regulations and enforcement had fallen behind other developed nations.

“As evidenced by regular news headlines, too many privacy breaches are still the result of simple but careless actions, such as leaving documents containing personal information in garbage containers and recycling bins or stored on discarded electronic equipment,” stated Kristjan Backman, CSDS, chair of NAID-Canada. “These breaches are easily avoidable by ensuring your information is safely destroyed at the end of its lifecycle.”

Subsequent to the passing of S-4, NAID-Canada released a statement, heralding the achievement and recommending that all organizations perform a compliance check to ensure they meet privacy standards, including an assessment of their document destruction practices. 

“Too often, members forget that much of NAID’s international success results from its global understanding of secure destruction issues,” said NAID CEO Bob Johnson. “It is just one more way we act as the voice of the industry.”