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Microsoft: Let customers decide country where cloud data is stored

Microsoft: Let customers decide country where cloud data is stored | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
NSA snooping prompts a change in Microsoft's cloud storage policy as a way to avoid local laws that might compromise data privacy
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Although this is a preferable scenario it does not go far enough to ensure total privacy. So long as the NSA is still able to bully organizations to hand over data, something more drastic is required. I have said it before and I will say it again, until organizations relinquish control of the encryption key to the client, security will always be suspect.

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Christian Verstraete's curator insight, January 27, 11:54 PM

The remaining question is whether that involves ALL copies of the data, including DR and back-up.

Pascal Kotté's curator insight, February 2, 1:33 PM

Well, Microsoft plans delegating Cloud hosting to OVH in France, nice, idea to bypass the PRISM effect.

Except the France were just signing a new law, in last december 2013, the LPM (Loi Programmation Militaire) including a free access for FR governement to any Cloud data, without needing to ask for a legacy authorization...

In fact, the same thing than PRISM, some says worst PRISM !

Well, it's time to think about putting your data into Switzerland Cloud instead of FR. See with CloudReady.ch ;-)

 

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Cloud Computing and Data Residency Laws

Cloud Computing and Data Residency Laws | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud service providers store data all over the globe, and are constantly moving that data from one datacenter to the next for reasons as wide-ranging as cost considerations and redundancy requirements. Does this mean that the requirements outlined in varying data residency laws and privacy regulations are directly at odds with how cloud computing works?

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Excellent article! Cloud Encryption, similar to what Mega are using, where the decryption key is held by the client rather than the cloud storage providor would solve most of the issues.

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Understanding cloud computing and storage | Digital Trends

Understanding cloud computing and storage | Digital Trends | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Get caught up in the cloud with a simple explanation of how cloud computing works, plus see comparisons of various cloud services.
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Valery's curator insight, January 25, 2013 2:51 AM

If you don't know anything about the cloud, this is worth reading. Otherwise you can still have a look at the offers comparison.

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Investors Drop Big Money On Dropbox So It Can Beat Box

Investors Drop Big Money On Dropbox So It Can Beat Box | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Dropbox is raising between $250 million to $400 million at a $10 billion valuation according to the Wall Street Journal and Re/Code. Why? Because

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It will be interesting to see how the storage market will develop once the cloud is an established part of every day computing. Dropbox and Box are no strangers to this industry and are arguably as entrenched as the larger more traditional players. That said there are plenty of other players vying to take a piece of this pie. Mega, 4Sync and SugarSync are 3 that quickly come to mind but there are others. The world of cloud computing post-NSA's spying scandal is going to be about security and those companies that offer the safest option are the ones that are most likely to succed (or perhaps even become targets of a taken over).

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Kim Dotcom's Mega to Expand Into Secure Email, Chat, Video, Mobile

Kim Dotcom's Mega to Expand Into Secure Email, Chat, Video, Mobile | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Online privacy advocate Kim Dotcom has plans to expand Mega, his new file-sharing site, to include secure email, chat, voice, video and mobile services.
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I tend to agree with Mr Dotcom. If there is one thing that bothers me about the internet, it is privacy. That said and done, it is not going to be an easy task to get people to change their present arrangements.

 

Take email as a prime example. Out of all the free cloud email services, I find that Gmail has been superior for years. Yahoo Mail and Hotmail (now Outlook) have only just became decent competition. Yet even during the heydays when the latter 2 services were poor in most departments including security, we did not see a huge migration to Gmail.

 

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