Cloud Security & Privacy
This week, as Canada heads into the first round of negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we should be looking out for what impacts a “modernized” agreement could have on Canadian privacy. OpenMedia's Meghan Sali explains what's at stake.
You’ve probably noticed the influx of SaaS (Software as a Service) cloud technology for nonprofit organizations - programs like Raiser’s Edge, DonorPerfect, Salesforce, and even Keela. These programs often use a cloud-based system to centrally store your data, allowing teams to access information wherever they are, as long as they have access to the internet. Put simply, cloud computing is a network of servers working to deliver a specific function, like storing your contact data or managing your projects.
We are awash in a sea of data, and we’re not handling it well. Literally. Nonprofits, like every other organization or corporation, are taking in more information than ever before, and more than we know how to handle.
Technology projects are a big undertaking for nonprofits, especially when budgeting is tight. However, any organization can perform a tech self-assessment with the guidance in this post, and better understand the shortcomings of their networks and their future technology needs.
"The cloud" refers to a computer concept whereby groups of large computers specializing in storing and processing information (known as "servers") work together to share information and workloads towards completing a specific task.
Cloud technologies have become commonplace, and the benefits are tremendous. Organizations can spend less time managing internal computing systems and communications infrastructures, and more time focusing on their mission. This decrease in overhead is invaluable, and it significantly streamlines how an organization spends their resources. But what are the real costs of not having cloud technologies?
Box is a cloud-based file sharing and collaboration tool. Users drag and drop files or entire folder structures into Box and distribute them via a “Share” button. It's the most affordable option for nonprofits and has a number of useful features that differentiates it from other similar tools.
Cloud computing has many exciting benefits for nonprofits, but it also raises some questions about privacy. Since I often get asked about the privacy implications of the cloud for Canadian nonprofits and charities, I’ll share what I’ve learned so far in this blog. Most of what I'm sharing here is the legal context which is helpful for understanding the environment, but it might not be the detail you need to make a specific decision.