THE SECURE DATA RELEASE MODEL FOR CANADA

VSP (Vehicle Security Professional) is a data exchange system conceived and designed cooperatively by automakers, the independent repair community, and the insurance and law enforcement communities; it allows the aftermarket to access security sensitive information related to automobiles (i.e. key codes, PIN numbers, immobilizer reset information and similar types of information). VSP allows access to security-related information while protecting the safety and security of consumers and the integrity of automobile security systems.

During the development of the CASIS agreement it was identified that some of the key components of the US Secure Data Release Model (SDRM) have no Canadian equivalent. For example, Canada has no national locksmith association to act as ALOA does for the SDRM. Furthermore, Canadian privacy laws prohibit relaying any individual's personal information across the border into the US, and third parties cannot obtain a criminal record check on individuals in Canada. Therefore, the vetting and registration of vehicle security professionals in Canada must be a uniquely Canadian process.

The CASIS agreement acknowledges that a Canadian equivalent to the US SDRM would be developed, but it was recognized that it would take longer to implement than the rest of the provisions of the CASIS. Participation is voluntary and the degree of vehicle security information available varies from one manufacturer to another. However, coverage exists for approximately 80% of the vehicles on the road in Canada.

For more information, visit the Canadian Vehicle Security Professional website.