As renegotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement are set to begin next week, data regulation will be among the topics discussed, Global News reports. The U.S. is seeking fewer restrictions on cross-border data transfers, and plan to take aim at countries requiring certain digital information be stored within their national borders. U.S. President Donald Trump's list of NAFTA negotiating objectives includes a call to "refrain from imposing measures in the financial services sector that restrict cross-border data flows or that require the use or installation of local computing facilities." The U.S. is also not keen on Ottawa's 2016 cloud-computing strategy, which requires some data processed by the federal government be stored inside Canada. British Columbia and Nova Scotia also have localized data storage laws that may become a factor in the negotiations, according to the University of Ottawa's Michael Geist.
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