Thank you very much, Chair.
Mr. Everson, thank you very much for coming today.
I saw you last week at committee. You're a man of many talents. You're able to come and talk about a wide breadth of issues on behalf of the chamber. It's much appreciated.
Of course, Mr. Wycks and Ms. Pettit, thank you very much for being here.
I have some concerns about the industry in general. I want to talk about something Michael Geist, who testified before our committee last week, said. He said the devil is in the defaults. I thought that was quite apropos. From my perspective, what I would like to see out of this is that the need to protect individual Canadians' privacy be balanced against the economic growth that you talked about, Mr. Everson.
I think that's key. I'm glad we have some semblance of self-regulation here and have an inward-looking organization like yours, which basically monitors how we're doing things and how we're conducting ourselves. I think that's a great thing. I believe we should only have government where necessary, not necessarily have government in all aspects of our lives. But I do think the government has a role to play here, and I'll be getting to that.
I'd like to talk about “the devil's in the defaults”. I have young kids who have iPods and all these other kinds of devices. I do what I can as a parent to protect my children, to protect the integrity of our network in our house, but there's only so much that it's reasonable to do. I read through pages and pages of agreements—user agreements and so on. They're written in a language that frankly I don't think most lawyers could even understand, much less lay people. I'm surprised often, when I find out, that the default settings on most things that I accept an agreement to.... They sometimes frighten me in the degree to which I've allowed my personal information to be shared.
I would like to ask you, Mr. Everson, do you think we have an appropriate balance right now? You were fairly complimentary to PIPEDA. Do you think we have enough protection from the perspective of protecting people's information right up front, right at the very first opportunity, by the use of default settings as to what can be shared and what can't be shared?
To Mr. Wycks and Ms. Pettit, from a self-regulatory perspective, do you think the groups that you represent—the organizations, your clients, the people you study, the people you do work on behalf of—are using defaults appropriately?