Veeam Cloud Connect covers all of the cloud backup bases. It allows you to create physical and virtual backups off-site (and replicate virtual machines!) without having to shoulder the costs of building and maintaining the off-site infrastructure while protecting your data with encryption every step of the way.

In other words, Veeam makes it easy to adopt a backup and disaster recovery service that perfectly fits your unique business needs. All you have to do is leverage a Veeam Cloud Service Provider and you’re set.

But, any company or business with data worth backing up knows that privacy and data protection is a massive piece of the puzzle. And as a Canadian-based business, it is critical that you understand jurisdiction and what this means for data.

You need to be fully aware of the risks associated with using an online backup service that uses data centers outside of the Great White North!

Data Privacy, Protection and Jurisdiction

Unfortunately, data protection is not as simple as you might expect. Certainly, a backup service or a disaster recovery service can provide state of the art, military-grade, levels of encryption. They can provide digital and physical security for their servers and data centers but, unfortunately, that does not mean that your data will be protected from certain laws and regulations. And to make matters worse, these laws and regulations can vary widely between jurisdictions.

Many European countries like Switzerland and Norway have some of the world’s best data protection laws, the same cannot be said for other countries.

It is unlikely to come as a surprise that countries like China are prone to government surveillance of all sorts of data, including data that has been stored via cloud backup.

Being in Canada, it is unlikely that you will be using data centers in China so you don’t have to worry, right? Not necessarily.

The United States has enacted a number of laws like the Patriot Act, PRISM, and CLOUD that could expose your data to prying eyes. Data centers and cloud servers are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they reside which means American data centers must comply.

Why It Matters

Obviously, you do not want your data or that of your clients/customers to be easily accessed by foreign governments. Even if your Canadian customers are not of interest to agencies like those associated with the US government, their private and personal information can still be accessed and read when passing through US-based servers or when stored on US-based data centers. These agencies are not supposed to hold on to data that isn’t relevant to their specific functions but there have been several cases in recent years that have shown this not to be the case.

When clients and customers choose you, they are putting their trust in you. And when you choose a cloud backup or disaster recovery service you are putting your trust in their choices as well.

Fortunately, a backup service that uses Veeam means the use of Canadian, rather than American, data centers.

Canadian data centers are subject to Canadian laws which, arguably, are better able to protect your data and privacy. There are provincial privacy laws in place as well as federal laws.

The federal laws that govern data are The Privacy Act (which applies to certain federal government institutions) and The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act or PIPEDA. PIPEDA applies to private sector organizations and dictates how they collect, use, and disclose personal data.

But what is most important to understand here, is that using a cloud backup in Canada, that uses Canadian data centers — like Veeam, you will not have to be concerned with foreign governments prying into sensitive and personal information. It will keep your business data protected and keep your clients’ data protected right along with you.