Privacy & Compliance

Data Residency: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

Cloud computing is growing rapidly as more and more companies are choosing to store their data on cloud servers. Canadian law makers must clamber to keep up with this trend and create legislation that effectively encompasses it.

Getting To Know Data Residency Laws

Canadian organizations that physically house their data within Canada or another country are subject to Canadian and provincial privacy laws for data security. If a service provider is located or transfers your data outside of the border, it can become subject to the laws of the country it resides in or passes through. If it is being stored in the US, the U.S. Patriot Act stipulates the right to search it. Housing data locally in Canada with a trusted service provider keeps things simple and safe.

Understanding PIPEDA Compliancy

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) protects customers by allocating how companies handle personal data. It applies to all private enterprises across the nation. It ensures that customer data is collected and disclosed lawfully and is only used for its intended purposes. When your data is stored in Canada, you are furthering your ability to comply with this act.

Choosing A Trusted Provider

Understanding the laws that surround cloud-based document storage can help you make the best decisions for your business and mitigate your risk. It is important to ensure that your hosting provider is literate in PIPEDA and fully adheres to the law. When looking for a service provider to help with your data storage needs, it is essential to choose one that boasts 100% Canadian server storage.

Data Residency in Canada
Fig1. – Data collected in Canada must comply with PIPEDA and the Canada Privacy Act.

When speaking with your provider, find out where their data centres are located. It is also a good idea to discuss the environmental controls, fire suppression systems and security approaches that are in place to prevent possible threats. Your data is your company’s most valuable asset and requires high-grade security.

The legislations for data storage may sound complex, but a reliable, respected provider can walk you through the legal intricacies. Cloud storage doesn’t have to be a hassle. With the right provider, it can be a remarkably easy and responsible business solution!

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