#CyberFLASH: Outrage over NSA spying sends data clients to Canada


Revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has spied on data networks run by American companies have given Canadian data-centre operators an opportunity. They’re telling customers from Europe and Asia that laws north of the border are more protective of privacy. Sales of storage services in Canada are growing 20 per cent a year at Telus and Rogers Communications Inc. U.S.-based technology companies, meanwhile, complain that the NSA scandal has hurt their business.

“There is a structural advantage in Canada in that the data is here and the privacy protection is more stringent,” said Lloyd Switzer, who runs Telus’s network of data centres.

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