The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is slated to begin on August 16, and it’s top of mind for government officials in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
U.S. President Donald Trump made the renegotiation a key plank of his campaign platform, though it now seems like his government intends to enter the talks with a scalpel rather than the promised axe. Changes to the trade of goods and services will likely resemble modernization rather than a protectionist scale-back, as many worried about.
Yet even small changes could have exponential consequences, as many have pointed out with the issue surrounding copyrights and patents. There are similar concerns around cybersecurity, an issue that wasn’t of great concern when NAFTA commenced in 1994.
As Motherboard reports, privacy experts are “concerned American law enforcement or spy agencies could get access to Canadians’ sensitive information.” This is because the United States has indicated “it wants to end any regulations that restrict cross-border data flow, arguing they prevent US-based cloud storage companies from doing their business there.”
Data stored on Canadian servers are subject to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and other Canadian privacy laws, but it does not apply to Canadian data stored on foreign servers. Canadian data stored on U.S. servers don’t benefit from American protections.
As a result, both British Columbia and Nova Scotia have implemented rules requiring government agencies to store their data in Canada. The U.S. administration sees these rules as unfair.
Critics cited in the article point out that that Canadian officials already share way too much information with the United States, and that data might not be safer on either side of the border.
Under these conditions, can Canadians ever expect to keep their data safe from prying eyes?
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