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Why Canada could find itself caught in a privacy perfect storm

By Michael Geist      

The net effect of the Schrems case and the TPP provisions is that Canada could end up caught in a global privacy battle in which Europe restricts data transfers with Canada due to surveillance activities, the TPP restricts Canada’s ability address European concerns, and the absence of a U.S. commitment means that Canada can’t count on it to provide Canadians with upgraded privacy protections.

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OTTAWA—The announcement by Amazon this past week that it plans to establish Canadian-based data centres to address mounting fears over the privacy and surveillance implications of information stored in the United States highlights how businesses and consumers have become increasingly concerned with where their data is transferred and stored. Yet the combination of two unconnected developments—a recent European privacy decision and the Trans-Pacific Partnership—could create a Canadian privacy problem that even local data centres will not solve. The

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