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    CanWest News Service: Computer clause shuts U.S. firms out of bidding

    CanWest News Service has a story highlighting problems that U.S. firms face internationally because of U.S. Patriot Act requirements:

    Even as the Canadian government is fighting against “Buy American” policies that discriminate against Canadian firms, the federal government appears to be quietly continuing with policies that effectively block U.S. firms from winning some kinds of federal contracts. […]

    Canada Post, a Crown corporation, is about to award its own multimillion-dollar relocation services contract and it, too, has effectively blocked U.S. companies from bidding with a requirement that personal information be stored only on computers in Canada. […]

    John Caines, a spokesman for Canada Post, said his corporation cannot risk storing the personal information of Canadians on computers in the U.S. because of the U.S. Patriot Act. That American legislation can essentially force companies to turn over personal information held in U.S. databanks in the name of U.S. national security.

    “This is a Canada Post policy decision to address privacy-related risks associated with the U.S. Patriot Act,” Caines said.

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