posted on Nov, 3 2012 @ 06:15 AM
Many of you reading this probably already use some cloud service; Steam for keeping game saves between computers or Google Docs/Drive for storing
documents online, arguably any service that stores data on its servers and is accessible from any internet-connected device counts as cloud computing.
Even ATS with is media storage setup falls under this criteria in that the data lives on their servers, but you access and use it.
Keeping that in mind I highly suggest you now go read this
regarding how the US government has been dealing with user data in the Megaupload case.
Ok now that you are done with reading that its time to become worried, very very worried. Going on the premise that the government is suggesting your
data is no longer yours once you upload it, it becomes a sort of jointly owned piece of property which is owned by the service provider as well as the
server owners (usually two different entities) and if seized by the government in a blanket-style raid is up for grabs unlike conventional search and
seizure which outlines specific things that can be looked at and taken as evidence.
So much of our data now lives in the "cloud" that its not even funny, your pictures on Flickr, Facebook data, ANY web-based email such as Gmail or
Hotmail, pretty much all you do online in one way or another creates a repository of data which lives on servers leased from one company and managed
by another. Imagine for a second your email provider is hit with a seizure like the one mentioned and you lose access to your email completely; could
you continue doing day to day tasks? Would you be impacted come tax-time when your information is not accessible? From personal experience I cannot
access my bank's online portal without checking my email because I use a 2-factor authentication setup which emails me a temporary code to use in
addition to my password. Even as an IT person I would be out in the cold without access to my email, not to speak of my Evernote account which
contains a lot of very important data.
With all of the scary part out of the way how many of you have alternate data stores that you physically control which would not be impacted by a
situation like the Megaupload case? In light of this I know I have begun migrating my data to systems which I personally control and I would highly
suggest the same for the membership of ATS lest they wind up out in the cold (and probably sleepless depending on the data lost) when uncle sam yanks
some servers out of a rack to hold them hostage in some evidence locker.