NEWS RELEASE


Tangerine Technology issues warning on privacy concerns

Whitehorse – January 30, 2017

Tangerine Technology, Yukon’s most advanced IT solutions provider, issues an immediate privacy warning.

“As a premium technology solutions provider, one of our key focuses centres around protection of privacy”, says Martin Lawrie, Vice President at Tangerine. “Digital data has become the norm, from personal financial data, to corporate business strategies, to health care records. There is a large regulatory environment out there when it comes to this data, and that’s where we come in”.

On January 25th, 2017, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, signed an Executive Order on "domestic safety". Specifically in Section 14 of this Executive Order: "Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information."

“This is a drastic change in US foreign relations”, states Martin Lehner, Tangerine Technology’s cyber-security expert. “In 2007, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a policy that extended privacy provisions to information collected on non-US persons, and subsequent further work was done to enhance those provisions, following the Edward Snowden NSA surveillance leaks. Now, with the stroke of a pen, we essentially find ourselves in a position where all this work has been completely gutted”. Lehner notes that major Canadian firms, including Canadian law schools and judicial think tanks, are urging the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to review these changes and engage with our federal Foreign Affairs officials to work with the United States on ensuring Canadian data is kept private and respects our national obligations in regards to privacy.

“An event outside our country’s borders has forced us to review digital data privacy controls and measures”, explains Lawrie. “Everything from e-mail to off-site, cloud data backup systems could potentially be affected. Here at Tangerine, we will be undertaking a full audit of all our Client’s systems and applications, to ensure continued compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements, such as the territory’s new HIPMA Act”.

“This shift in US foreign policy is very unfortunate, especially for Canadians who rightfully expect that their digital, personal data is kept private and secure”, adds Lehner. “Tangerine holds numerous certifications and industry designations related to digital security and privacy, and we will be using that expertise to the best of our ability to ensure our Client's information stays safe, secure and follows Canadian law”.

Tangerine Technology is a Yukon-wide IT solutions and support provider, located in Whitehorse.

For additional information, contact Tangerine Technology at 867-322-TECH, or e-mail info@TangerineTechnology.ca