“We did a report on outsourcing that said as far as outsourcing goes, for business or government, do what you want to do. Our only hold on you is that whoever has control of the information must be responsible for the information wherever it goes … the outsourcer is the one accountable for the risks,” he said.
Daniel Koffler, chief technology officer at Montreal-based Syntenic Inc., participated in a panel discussion at the OPC event later that day. He said his key concern is the “real lack of strategic discussion” in Canada. “In the U.S., they not only have the largest cloud providers and social networking sites, but they are developing a national cloud strategy,” he said.
There is strategic value in having “pure bred Canadian cloud providers” that fall into Canadian jurisdiction, which would also provide an option that Canadian government and military can use, said Koffler.
Fraser disagrees with those who perceive cloud computing as a radical shift. “In my view, this doesn’t require throwing out the existing rules and supplanting new rules. I think Canadian rules continue to apply,” he said.
When information crosses borders it becomes subject to others laws and simultaneously applies to multiple rules, said Fraser. “But no matter where that information goes, if you are Canadian, Canadian privacy laws will continue to apply,” he said.
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