THE STATUS OF QUALIFYING FOR ACCESS TO VEHICLE SECURITY INFORMATION IN CANADA

During the development of the CASIS agreement, in 2009, it was identified that some of the key components of the U.S. Secure Data Release Model (SDRM), operated by NASTF, could not be adopted in Canada. For example, there was concern about how Canadian privacy laws impacted transmitting an individual's personal information, including a background check, across the border, and storing such information, either on paper, or electronically, on U.S.-based servers. As well, obtaining a criminal record check on individuals in Canada is a very different process than it is in the U.S. Therefore, it was deemed that the vetting and registration of vehicle security professionals in Canada would require a uniquely Canadian process.

A process the does meet Canadian requirements was subsequently developed by the National Automotive Trades Association (NATA) and was endorsed by Canadian auto manufacturers and distributors, law enforcement, and the insurance industry. It launched in 2012, was administerd by NATA, and ran successfully for several years, until NASTF decided it would accept applications directly from Canadians.

The Canadian VSP program was terminated, and the website at vehiclesecurityprofessional.ca* was shut down. NATA can neither confirm nor deny that the NASTF vetting process for Canadians complies with Canadian law or whether applying to NASTF to be registered as a VSP constitutes a potential compromise to the security of the personal information of Canadian applicants. NATA advises Canadian automotive repair professional that, should they decide to apply for and use the U.S.-based system, they do so at their own risk.

*NOTE:
The website presently using the domain "vehiclesecurityprofessional.ca" is not affiliated with NATA or the other CASIS partners, and is unrelated to the former screening process for vehicle security professional program applicants in Canada.