Why Canadian Owned & Operated is Important

The main reason to deal with Canadian owned and operated companies is that if your data is stored by a US company, regardless of where in the world they operate, the US government has the legal right to your data. This means everyone from the dog catcher (an elected official in the States) to the President of the US can order Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, etc to hand over your information. What’s worse, the aforementioned companies are forbidden – by law – to notify you when your data is requested.

The ramifications to this are horrendous! This means that a US company operating in Canada to provide services to Canadians can be a direct pipeline to the US government, funnelling your personal information south. Does a US company provide you medical services, hydro, or communications? The US government how has your medical history, etc., everything known to that service provider.

You might think I am making this up, so I have included a number of web links below.

The Electronic Freedom Foundation: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/patriot-act?page=0%2C0

Wikipedia page for the US PATRIOT Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act

Electronic Privacy Information Center: https://epic.org/privacy/terrorism/usapatriot/

Enclave Managed Networks is Canadian owned and operated, operates as much as possible within Canadian national boundaries and deals with Canadian service providers and vendors. This means your data is safe from foreign nations. Of course, the Canadian government could still get their hands on your data, but they tend to be much less draconian to date.

Here’s where Canadian boundaries get a little iffy. I live and work in British Columbia. Our main servers are securely hosted in Toronto, Ontario. You, presumably, live and work mostly in Canada. But where does your data go when it’s in transit between you and Enclave servers? Your data hops back and forth between many routers to get where it’s going. A router is a networking device responsible for figuring out how to get your data where it needs to go. Your data generally travels through many routers before it gets to it’s destination.

The Internet, much like the weather, does not necessarily respect international boundaries. Your data starts and ends in Canada, but may (almost certainly will) pass through routers physically located within the United States, or companies subject to US law. Perfect places to syphon off your personal data and feed it to unintended recipients.

What can you do about it? Encrypt your communications. SSL, short for Secure Socket Layer, encrypts your connection to Enclave servers. This means your data is still passed on to it’s proper destination but it unintelligible to anyone but you (your computer, actually) and Enclave servers. Normal, snoopable connections begin with the prefix “http”. Ensure your connections to Enclave servers begin with “https.”

There is much, much more to learn about computer security, but SSL and it’s successor TLS (Transport Layer Security) is a good place to start. I will post a number of FAQs relating to information security. You would do well to read them and use those posts as a stepping stone for your own study. Securing your data is YOUR responsibility. You potentially lessen your data security each time you trust someone else to do it for you.

Dennis Strain
Enclave Managed Networks
Box 365, Smithers, BC, Canada V0J 2N0

877-877-8793 toll free phone & fax

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