The next question I have for you—and I'll go directly to you—has to do with paragraph 25 of your submission to the OPC. You mention the implementation of standard privacy preferences and a trustmark system.
I will ask you my question and then I'll move on and you can answer it later. Is there a voluntary or industry-led preference or trustmark system right now?
Mr. Dickson, my question for you deals with medical health records.
Is it not in the public interest to retain public health records for a very long time even in the case of individuals, simply because I don't know whether some day down the road any of my genetic information might be useful to my children, my grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren, and so on? For health research and all those other kinds of things, it might be a good idea to keep those electronic health records in perpetuity, balancing the weight of the public good.
My question for you, Ms. Gratton, deals with the European Union.
I believe it's a policy of the European Union not to have any of their own directives or initiatives within the European Union influence the domestic policy of other countries they are dealing with; for example, in regard to non-tariff barriers. I'm wondering whether the European Union's privacy legislation is going to do exactly that: influence our ability to trade with them, simply because their own internal directive is forcing a conflict between foreign and domestic policy for Canada.
My question for you, Madame Bernier, is this. You talked about the offence being commensurate with the revenues of the organization. A not-for-profit organization might have lots of data but doesn't have a lot of revenue; a voluntary organization might have a lot of data but doesn't have any revenues; you may have a small company that has a lot of data that might do a massive amount of harm but which has small revenues; and you might have a large corporation with large revenues that does a small amount of harm, and they might be paying more for an offence than a small organization would that does a lot more harm.
Could you square that circle for me?
I'll leave it up to you guys to go with your questions.