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View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses for joining us.
I'd like to talk about not so much the misplaced records, because it's hard to tell, if x number of records are misplaced for whatever reason, what the net result is.
Can you speak about the frequency of actual breaches, of cases in which somebody has actually used someone else's SIN card or SIN inappropriately?
View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
Are there instances of misuse of SIN other than—?
View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
Do you have a sense of numbers or the frequency?
View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
Would that classify as a deliberate or accidental...? Would it be that someone did it with intent or that it was not intentional?
View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
How often does it happen that things are referred to the RCMP for prosecution?
View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
Is it frequent, infrequent? I know that's a subjective assessment
View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
How are those instances discovered? Does somebody just say that something doesn't look right here, or how do you come across these?
View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
Do you have any idea of the numbers or frequency of people coming to you saying, “I think I've suffered identity theft” and wanting a new one?
View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
That's 1,400 that were referred to the RCMP for further investigation. Is that my understanding?
View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
I understand.
You don't allow it by mail anymore and maybe I missed this, but can somebody apply online for a SIN card?
View Laurie Hawn Profile
CPC (AB)
I just had a new granddaughter on Sunday so we're going through that as we speak.
Again, this may be outside your lane, but are you aware of the level of penalties for identity theft or misuse of SIN cards? I guess my question is if you are, do you think they're adequate? Or should they be looked at ?
View James Rajotte Profile
CPC (AB)
From Service Canada's point of view, what would your advice be on how to keep the document secure electronically? I'm also thinking of seniors. Many seniors still keep things in paper form. Do you have any advice, from Service Canada's point of view, on where Canadians should keep their SIN number and on how they should keep it secure?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I see that this meeting is televised today. I'm sure it's going to be a sure ratings winner for CPAC.
My first question is in regard to the SIR. I'm just curious, what information is in the SIR? Obviously a person's name and address are, but what other information is in this registry?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
It has place of birth. So the address isn't a field?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
Right.
In terms of the updating of information, I guess you could hypothetically have two Bob Smiths born in Toronto on the same day, or whatever the case is. There's no other unique identifier. Is there a system for...?
I'm thinking about the provinces. This is the largest unique identifier system or database in the country. Are there similar systems? What would be the next biggest system that you could use to compare information with your system to find out whether there are inconsistencies in the data?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
I was thinking about the privacy laws, and I just had a question on.... Is there a possibility that certain privacy laws might actually work counter to the overall privacy interests of Canadians in this case? By way of an example, I'm thinking about whether or not there may be walls set up between government departments and things like that in order to protect privacy. It may be possible that sometimes those walls would block information that might point to social insurance number abuse, in a sense, if organizations were able to share that information.
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
The Auditor General had expressed two main concerns in her opening statement. One of those was that Service Canada “has not determined how accurate, complete, and reliable the data should be, and it does not have a systematic means for measuring data quality”.
In your statement, you talked about some of the things you're doing. You said, “We will then determine the potential cost to federal programs of any errors”, and you have some measurement things in there. What's your timeline? When are you planning to be finished the work to that end?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
To the Auditor General, just in terms of what you've heard today—and I know this doesn't constitute an audit by any means—how satisfied are you with what you've heard today in terms of some of the progress?
View Chris Warkentin Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay. That's fantastic. I really appreciate that.
I think I probably have just a little bit more time, but I did want to ask those questions before we let you go.
You've made some recommendations specifically on the issue of revamping the policy on social insurance numbers. Other than that, is there any really important specific advice you would give to the departmental officials? I recognize that a lot of this is going to be policy discussion directed by the ministry or the minister, but what other things would you like to see happen here?
View John G. Williams Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Staying on the social insurance numbers, Madam Auditor General, again, congratulations on a fine report. We do appreciate the information that you bring to Parliament.
I'm looking at “Recommendations of the Standing Committee”, on page 40 of chapter 6. The first three recommendations of the public accounts committee were, one, that the new act should be tabled in Parliament no later than September 30, 2003; two, that the new action plan should be tabled in Parliament no later than September 30, 2003; and three, that the department should provide semi-annual reports to the public accounts committee starting September 30, 2003. Do you know if they follow through on these types of things?
View John G. Williams Profile
CPC (AB)
On this thing with social insurance numbers, they didn't bother to track the vital statistics registers of the provinces to find people who were dying and to automatically remove them from the list. Are they doing it now?
View John G. Williams Profile
CPC (AB)
Yes, I do, Mr. Chairman. Thank you.
Madam Fraser, I'm still on these social insurance numbers. The last time we investigated this, it seems to me you could actually download a birth certificate off the Internet, fill it in, and get a social insurance number. I take it that's not going on anymore.
Still, given the report of the public accounts committee, I can't imagine why they haven't done anything about building a rapport with the departments of vital statistics to ensure they capture the people who are deceased.
Also, since it's Canada Revenue Agency that's writing all these cheques for old age security and the child tax credit and everything else, when people file a final tax return with the date of death of the deceased, why the Privacy Act would prevent them from saying.... It's the same department issuing the cheques and receiving tax returns. Why can't they say that the database can't collect it or they can't send a cheque to that social insurance number anymore? Is this beyond them? What's the problem that they can't add two and two and get four?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
How important is the social insurance number in terms of the growing identity theft problem we have in this country?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
Right. I think sometimes employers may give it a little bit more credibility than that.
There are 2.4 million more social insurance numbers than Canadians. I know they cleaned up the 2.6 million that were dormant, but do you have any idea on the progress towards fixing the former? Has that number come down since?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
Do you have any idea how many adults don't have one? You said there were 2.4 million more social insurance numbers than the population of adults 20 and over, but do you have any idea of how many adults don't have a social insurance number?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
It does sound as though you are making progress. I'm glad to see that. I'm also on the public accounts committee, and it's not fun to be there if you haven't made progress on the recommendations that the Auditor General has made.
I'm wondering if you could identify what kind of fraud issues are most common with the social insurance numbers.
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
I have a question to do with training. I notice on page 2 of the brief the committee received, the Auditor General talks about the fact that there's still no formal training for social insurance number investigators. What are you doing to address that?
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