Article by Kieran Delamont, Lift News
Last week, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) announced that Shopify, Canada’s homegrown e-commerce success story, was selected to handle all the nuts-and-bolts of the province’s cannabis sales. They will host the infrastructure for online sales and the in-store processing will be conducted on iPads using Shopify software.
But who will have access to the records of your future cannabis purchases?
According to the province, data will not be stored on Shopify’s U.S.-based servers. Nicole Laoutaris, a spokesperson for the LCBO, said that all data would be stored in Canada, and that all relevant privacy laws in Canada would be adhered to.
“The types of data being handled include transaction and sales metrics and history; master data for inventory items; and customer-related information required to administer a requested service, such as the home delivery of product,” she said in an email. “Again, all data will be stored in Canada.”
It’s not clear, however, whether that means it will be stored on government servers or on Shopify servers. Sheryl So, a spokesperson for Shopify, says that they are not releasing those details.
“At Shopify, we know how important it is that our platform be safe and reliable,” she said in a statement. “That’s why we have extensive measures in place to ensure that everyone on our platform is protected and secure.”