There is an ongoing global concern regarding where to back up important files. The ambiguity regarding a Government’s ability to ‘examine’ online files hosted in a country (regardless of country of origin) varies considerably. Fortunately, Canada has embraced the security of private data storage. This means Canadian Companies holding their backup data within Canada are safe from Government review (without a warrant). This makes Canadian Cloud Backup an outstanding solution for Canadian backup needs.
A common misconception people have when talking about technology in modern business is that cloud computing and virtualization is the same and used interchangeably. While cloud computing and virtualization share a similar element, understanding the difference between them can help a business to achieve optimum productivity. Given the overwhelming information for both types of virtual infrastructures, it is understandable why there is such confusion. Let’s explore the underlining differences between virtualization and cloud computing, and which one of these infrastructures you should employ to ensure maximum return on investment.
Small and medium businesses today are in a heavily competitive market. Then there are multinational companies with which such businesses cannot compete. The Internet has helped many failing businesses by increasing their productivity and reducing expenses like marketing costs, rental costs, miscellaneous costs and infrastructure costs. However, the element that has had the most impact on small and medium businesses is cloud computing.
Canadian Privacy Laws and the Canadian Cloud: A Primer for Canadian Businesses by Jesse @ServerCloud Canada
As Canadians, two separate federal privacy laws protect our privacy. These laws govern the information that businesses can collect on other Canadians, as well as how organizations must manage and protect that data.
As of January 1, 2004, PIPEDA applies to every organization that collects, uses or discloses personal information in the course of commercial activities. However, the federal government may offer an exemption organizations and/or activities in provinces deemed to have adopted substantially similar privacy legislation (more on this later).
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Cloud computing has become an ever present term in business and personal technology. From Google and Hotmail to iTunes and online banking services, cloud computing became the core of innovation long before they were actually called cloud services. In the commercial industry however, cloud computing is a fairly new technology, despite having an even greater accessibility publicly.
Businesses in Canada are protected through two federal privacy laws. The Privacy Act, as we all know implies to the federal government and protects personal information handling. PIPEDA, on the other hand, is more detailed.
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Acts (PIPEDA) came to effect on 1st January, 2004 and now extended to most businesses in Canada. PIPEDA has changed the way many businesses and organizations are allowed to collect, utilize and disclose personal information relating to commercial activity.
What Is PIPEDA?
PIPEDA is a federal policy that bars most businesses to collect, use or disclose personal information relating to an individual based on their commercial activity. PIPEDA also regulates standards for handling of personal information. The basic outlines of PIPEDA are:
- If a business intends to collect, use or disclose personal information about an individual, it needs the consent of the individual, except in limited and certain circumstances.
- A business can only use or disclose an individual’s personal information that they have given consent on.
- A business has to limit the collecting, usage and disclosing of personal information that would be considered appropriate under certain circumstances, even with consent.
- Individuals have the right to view their personal information a business keeps, and can correct any inaccurate details.
- The Privacy Commissioner of Canada will ensure the compliance of the law and the rights of the individuals who have their personal information in hands of businesses.
What Is Personal Information?
Personal Information is thoroughly defined in PIPEDA. Basically it relates to any personal information about an individual that is subjective and factual. This includes information like:
- Name, age, ID numbers, ethnicity, income, social insurance number, blood type, license plate number, passwords, loan records, credit records, or medical history and records;
- Opinions, comments, social status, sexual orientation, interests, habits, hobbits, or disciplinary actions.
Personal information however does not include the name, business address, title, or contact number of employees. This exception is in place to allow day to day commercial activity.
Why Your Business Needs to Comply?
In competitive markets, businesses require personal information of clients and customers to identify and interact with them. They can use this information to seek potential customers interested in what they offer. Hence, businesses today face a challenge of accessing and using that information in a way that does not offend the right of privacy. Giving your customers’ privacy respect is the foundation of building on a healthy customer relationship.