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If Facebook has taught us nothing else, it is that people can be cavalier about protecting their data. The social networking giant has forced consumers to think differently about their data: have I just handed over the rights to the photos of my kids? Am I going to appear on my friends' pages endorsing fashion leggings thanks to …

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"Data ownership becomes fuzzy in the cloud"

Who knew!!

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Boffin

Not just data

"Store your data in Canada, Latin America, anywhere you like, but not in the States.”

Host your site elsewhere too, or you might find it's been replaced with an official notice that you distribute child porn because someone else on the same server was naughty.

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Big Brother

But what about the backups?

But, presumably, even if Officer Dibble comes in and seizes the shared servers, tapes etc, there's nothing to stop your hosting provider reinstating YOUR data and services from a backup.

You did buy the DR service didn'y you? And made sure they tested it? Of course, if you didn't then...

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Anonymous Coward

And don't use a gTLD, or one from the US or any US territory.

And don't use a company that is even slightly US-owned or based.

Close to impossible.

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Devil

Sounds like....

... there is a business oppertunity here for someone:

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We guarantee to tell the Amercian government to piss off when they want your files!

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yes but...

Don't forget the USA spends 6x as much as China, 12x as much as Britain (2nd and 3rd in defence spending) on 'defence'. This is why when they said to the EU we want access to everyones bank account details the EU turned around and asked politely if the US wanted to ***** them as well....

Just having data not in the US is no guarantee that it will be protected. If it is in the corner of your office at least you know if you are being raided. You also know that the company next door is but your data is still fine.

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Holmes

So US *not* like Europe on data protection.

Icon deserved.

But for all of those who thought they were consider yourselves US fanbois.

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Anonymous Coward

Old News

Laura Chappell has been saying this exact thing for a while now; she said it very clearly during the Tech Ed 2010 expert's panel on cloud security, and that got a lot of people thinking about it.

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Happy

Just drop the data and we'll go easy on you

"In the US, they can walk in and grab the servers."

Can and Do - but I'd be surprised if this situation didn't exist in most western countries. The fact is there are a myriad of ways to lose the data and virtually all of the data backup plans are much more heavily biased towards convenience than survivability of the data.

My method? Have three separate, completely independent, backup methods - the chances are that one of them will work.

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who knew?

Who knew ??

Anyone who read the contract, that's who.

Next question ...

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Coat

In the CLOWN!

Spell it RIGHT. Its IN THE CLOWN, its all IN THE CLOWN!!

(Mine's the one with the purple rye fungus traces)

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Fuzzy Wuzzy ...

... wuz a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wuzzan't fuzzy wuzz he?

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