The cloud offers some advantages, but at a steep price.
In Cloud Storage Makes Cents, but No Sense, Brian Bailey makes an interesting economic case against using cloud storage.
But the story is deeper than that. A lawyer told me that you lose attorney-client privilege on communications conducted in the cloud. He said that, privilege requires one to have control over the communication and/or documents, and the courts have ruled such control does not exist in the cloud (I'm no lawyer so can only recount what he said). This is a problem for people working with the law, of course, but a potential problem for anyone who may find themselves and their data in some legal trouble. That email you sent while a bit inebriated to an ex-girlfriend from 20 years ago could create trouble when you're presented with a dubious paternity suit.
Some (many? all?) cloud services scan the data looking for images any reasonable person would consider horrific. Now, I'm sure none of us have any, but who thinks these scans are 100 percent accurate? You could get nailed because your compiled C code might look like an illegal .gif. Encryption may take a text file and generate some binary that vaguely looks like Jesus on a piece of toast. Societal norms on what is offensive and illegal vary over time.
What if the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) get their lackeys in the US Congress to slip a mandate into section 53.291(a) subchapter (w) of some 2,500-page bill that requires cloud services look for copyrighted material? How will we prove the music we ripped from a CD was legally purchased, though maybe long ago?
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