@Proton2: We have similar issues quite frequently here in the UK. Forget the lack of encryption, WTF are they doing storing large databases of citizen information on laptops/portable hard drives/DVDs/USB drives? They're retards for not encrypting it, but they're double, mega, triple, big fat stupid retards for storing it on these media in the first place. Leave it on your servers. Yes, make an off site back up, but don't carry it round with you. Find a safe somewhere to put it in, if it's a DVD, tape etc. Or, better yet, use servers in a second data centre for your back up.
The MSM was complaining that Canada is 5 years behind the USA in getting such data onto centralized servers. I don't know if this is true or not. Nevertheless, BitLocker sure would seem to be a cheaper solution than risking all these law suits. But then we are talking about a beuraquacy. But then, Canadians have come to expect good government, at least from the federal conservatives