CONCERN THAT FED NAFTA NEGOTIATORS MAY BE SOFT ON PROTECTING CANADIAN PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sep 29, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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There’s some concern that negotiators aren’t doing enough to protect the personal information of Canadians – from prying American interests – at the NAFTA re-negotiations.

Companies that deal in information technology – and other digital economy insiders – say federal negotiators appeared to be unprepared during this week’s third round of talks – to counter a U.S. proposal that would outlaw the storage of sensitive data – in computing facilities on Canadian soil.

Some warned that giving in to American demands to open a freer flow of cross-border data would undermine domestic privacy rights – and hamper the ability of emerging Canadian companies to compete in the growing digital economy.

The issue is so-called “data localization,” – which would allow the federal government to protect the sensitive personal information of Canadians –  especially health and financial records – from unwanted American intrusion – by storing it in Canada.

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