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Opinion: USA PATRIOT Act Affects Canadian Citizens' Privacy

PRIVACY LAW

April 29, 2011

In a series of posts on ZDNet, journalist Zack Whittaker examines how the USA PATRIOT Act affects businesses, citizens and governments outside of the U.S.--particularly in Canada. Whittaker points out that the U.S. legislation covers data that is housed in or passes through U.S.-owned companies, thereby making it vulnerable to interception by authorities, which can be at odds with Canadian legislation covering cross-border data movement. Many online services, including those made available by the cloud, are provided by U.S.-based organizations. "The issue many Canadians face with the PATRIOT Act," Whittaker says, "lies in their recognizing it as a foreign piece of law which allows a foreign government to access their personal data for the benefit of the U.S."
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