Monday, July 4, 2011

All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

 "Microsoft admits Patriot Act can access EU-based cloud data" was the headline in a recent ZDNet article.

"Any data which is housed, stored or processed by a company, which is a U.S. based company or is wholly owned by a U.S. parent company, is vulnerable to interception and inspection by U.S. authorities."

This goes a bit beyond the standard hosting security concerns and would certainly curb my enthusiasm for cloud-based hosting or any hosting for that matter.

Somebody set up us the bomb.*

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Malcolm McMartin said...

For all the advertising that the software companies have done around the cloud, nothing spins a CIO's head like this kind of information...

Jeff Stevenson said...

And how about the part of the Patriot Act that allows for gag orders?

Cloud providers may have to give up data and then be prohibited from even letting their customer know that they have done so.