It’s no secret that online data backup has become a necessity for businesses of any size. Backing up and storing company data is crucial for security in case of an internal server problem, virus, or data hack. Cloud storage offers a great way to store your data in a separate, secure location.
However, choosing an online backup company comes with many difficulties. Will your data be kept safe? Will it be kept confidential? In addition, with changing laws and regulations, issues of privacy and information release have become a huge concern for businesses and individuals across Canada. Trying to navigate all of these issues and concerns can be difficult. Choosing a Canadian company for your online backup can alleviate these concerns.
Did you know that any information communicated online through the United States is subject to their Patriot Act? This means any information stored or transferred through the United States or an American company can be read and accessed by the American government without your consent or knowledge.
Canada has its own federal privacy act – PIPENDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act). This law simply states that once an organization collects data, they are responsible and fully accountable for that data. This means that when choosing where to back up your data, you as a business operator are responsible for ensuring the information is kept securely and confidentially. To fall under these Canadian privacy laws, your data needs to stay within Canada. Once it’s transferred or stored abroad, the data is subject to other international laws and not necessarily protected by Canadian regulations or PIPENDA.
Some provinces do have regulations that state any data collected by a company must be kept in Canada. Nova Scotia and British Columbia, notably, both require companies to store data and information within Canada.
Other provinces do not have these regulations and only follow the federal rules in PIPEDA. This means Canadian companies can choose online backup or cloud storage companies in any other country. However, once data is stored outside of Canada, it falls under the jurisdiction of the laws of those countries. By choosing a Canadian cloud storage company, you are choosing to keep your company and customer data safe under Canadian privacy laws.
What’s the Solution?
Choosing a fully Canadian online backup company is the best solution to make sure your data is stored securely and kept within Canada. Mastermind Backup Solutions is one such company. Data stored with Mastermind is kept within Canada, so you don’t have to worry about data being accessed under any other country’s laws. Data stored with Mastermind is protected under Canada’s privacy legislation (PIPENDA).
Choosing a Canadian online backup company is the best way to ensure your company and client data is kept within Canada and subject to Canadian law. Don’t risk security and confidentiality by storing your data with online backup companies abroad.