Canada’s political parties fear U.S. intelligence agencies may breach their privacy and get secret information from a cloud-based Web site Salesforce.com
Under the laws in the United States, the government can ask any Web site to reveal all information to them without informing the concerned person or party, revealed James Williamson, information technology coordinator, who represents the Canadian New Democratic Party (NDP) in Ottawa, Ontario.
The NDP is at present the key opposition party in Canada whereas Conservatives are in the government. The NDP has 123 million records of many individuals holding key information under their possession. Diplomats showed their concern when the NDP was asked to seek for stronger encryption approach instead of cloud-based Salesforce.com as its platform for its e-mails and other contacts.
The party also stores its voter tracking information database, donor’s information and other things which need to be maintained in private. The Canadian diplomats want that the NDP should use some other platform, which it can handle alone and without any breach of information by any other party.
In case, the US government forces Salesforce and its authorities to reveal any information at least the NDP should be informed about that.
Varun Badhwar, an official from CipherCloud’s business development firm stated that the unit provides cloud-based encryption services to Saleforce.com, Amazon and Box.net.
Cloud-based encrypton keys are used to keep data private.