If you’re worried about the privacy of your personal data when it comes to cloud computing sites like Facebook, the claims of a local company won’t have you resting any easier.
“The big issue with the Patriot Act in the U.S. is that anyone’s information could be accessed,” said Aydin Mirzaee, co-CEO of FluidSurveys, an online survey site.
Based in Ottawa, Mirzaee said that FluidSurveys has been able to grow their customer base by 50,000 in the past six months over fears about the Patriot Act among Canadians. He advocates switching services to companies at home so that your data falls under Canadian law.
But Canada also has laws allowing authorities access to personal data stored in cloud computing services online and under the Patriot Act court-ordered search warrants and subpoenas are still de rigueur.
In fact, under Canadian law there are ways of transferring personal data across borders.
Under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, if businesses follow security guidelines, they can move data to a cloud hosted in a different country.
In late July, pension data from 800 former City of Ottawa workers went missing when the hard drive it was on in the Philippines was stolen.
Still, Canadian companies can take advantage, said Mirzaee. “So many customers are coming back and saying they need to buy servers in Canada,” he said. “It’s giving Canadian companies an opportunity to get started.”