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Government Standards

Printed Material   |   IT Media  - Magnetic – Optical

The Government of Canada has very specific standards for the destruction of information and materials.  This section provides summary information relating to the Canadian standards.  Approval for equipment and processes, by the Government of Canada, is limited to specific media and security classifications.


Printed Material

The term “Type” is used to describe the security ratings by class of equipment for shredders and disintegrators for paper and other text-based media.


Type II destruction equipment is defined as shredders and disintegrators for paper and text-based media that have been assessed as capable of reducing information classified Secret, Top Secret and Protected C or lower to a size that, under the threat and risk conditions existing in urban Canada and with known reconstruction methodology, is deemed safe to dispose of or recycle as unclassified waste.


Type III destruction equipment is defined as shredders and disintegrators for paper and text-based media that have been assessed as capable of reducing information classified Confidential and Protected B or lower to a size that, under the threat and risk conditions existing in urban Canada and with known reconstruction methodology, is deemed safe to dispose of or recycle as unclassified waste.

When Type II or Type III equipment is used as per approved operating procedures and is maintained in good working order, the resultant chaff may be disposed of or recycled as unclassified waste. Note that shredder approval for Type II or Type III destruction is based upon written text in 12 point font or larger on standard bond paper. Disintegrators are approved on the basis of screen size.

 

Source:  RCMP SEG Destruction Guide Dec-2006
 

Strip-cut shredders and cross-cut shredders with cut size over 6mm x 60mm are permitted by the Operational Security Standard on Physical Security for Protected A and Protected B (where a TRA – Threat and Risk Assessment – does not recommend selecting appropriate approved shredders).


IT Media

IT media includes CD, DVD, hard drives etc. all of which can contain sensitive security information.  There are additional standards that may require media to be overwritten prior to destruction.  The following is a summary of the Shredding, Disintegrating and Grinding Destruction Standards for hard disks, floppy disks, magnetic tape (audio/video etc.) and magnetic stripe cards:


 

Source:  RCMP SEG Destruction Guide Dec-2006

 

Government Standards