What the CLOUD Act means for Hushmail
Hushmail’s headquarters and all of its operations are located in Canada, we do not store any data in the United States, so the CLOUD Act will not affect how your Hushmail data is governed. Your Hushmail communications will continue to be stored on our own servers in Vancouver and governed by Canadian law. We do this for several reasons. One is that maintaining our own servers gives us the ability to protect our customers’ data from web vulnerabilities that open users up to cyber attacks. Another is that it gives our customers the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their records are protected by Canadian law and the courts of Canada.
The CLOUD Act is a multi-layered piece of legislation that presents a framework for navigating the current and developing state of international data storage, but it also leaves plenty of room for interpretation. This will likely come into play when requests for data come up against the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect last month.
Setting standards that protect both privacy and security
For some, the CLOUD Act opens the door for privacy and human rights abuse. For others, it gives timely access to information necessary for investigation and security. Future litigation can be expected as governments continue to weigh the importance of both privacy and security in an attempt to establish standards that support both.
We will continue to follow these developments. However, our main priority will always remain the same. At Hushmail we’re dedicated to providing safe, secure, private email. What we do from a business standpoint will always be in line with this end result. As long as your communications are through one of our accounts you will always know where your data is and how it will be governed.
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