The advent of cloud computing and the increase in transborder data flow, or the flow of data across national borders from the source country, has brought a rise in concerns about privacy.
Data, while stored in another country, is subject to that country’s laws and regulations in regards to how data is managed, stored, and most importantly, how it is secured and kept private.
Increasingly, large amounts of Canadian data is being stored in the United States, where the privacy of the data is threatened by the Patriot Act and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). These acts allow American entities such as the NSA and the FBI to access data stored anywhere within the United States, without the knowledge of the owner of the data.
The ability for US governmental agencies to access data without warrant or notification to the owning party has resulted in the governments of British Columbia and Nova Scotia ordering that all data related to Health Services remain in Canada, even going as far as to keep them at the Provincial level. This is supported by a 2013 study that reveals that almost 25% of Canadian and UK businesses are moving their data out of the United States due to the passing of bills such as the PATRIOT Act and CISPA. This study indicates that data privacy and security is incredibly important to businesses. Businesses are moving their data to Canada, not only for the better privacy laws but for redundancy across a large infrastructure.
Server Cloud Canada is a Canadian based company and all of our servers and customers’ data reside in Canada. We currently exceed industry standards and ensure best practices when it comes to Regulatory, Compliance, Security and Data Integrity relative to the current legal framework. SCC is committed to contributing to the evolution in the legal protections of both CSP and client.