(The Hosting News) – The Canadian government is offering to store data outside of the United States for tech companies such as Google and Facebook following the controversy with the National Security Agency’s alleged spying.
According to The Daily Caller, Canadian officials are pushing for America’s biggest tech companies to store their personal information in Canada’s data centers in order to “get data away from the NSA for optical reasons.”
“There are governmental agencies right now in Canada who are actively trying to recruit Silicon Valley companies like Google and Facebook and trying to convince them to build cloud infrastructure in Canada,” stated Canadian Cloud Council, Robert Hart, in an interview with the Toronto Star.
“I would say there’s a lot of movement right now at a political level to convince some of these larger software companies … to host their software in Canada.”
The NSA’s spying could cost the U.S economy billions of dollars if these companies do decide to move their business outside of the U.S, an estimated $35 billion in economic revenue in three years, continues the report.
“I think right now Canadian and international organizations have a monumental opportunity to capture a lot of business from organizations that no longer want to deal with the States.”
In early December, eight of the biggest tech companies, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo, launched a campaign that urged Congress to reform government surveillance practices.