Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Two more strikes against cloud computing

Why would anyone sane want to put ANYTHING which you might not want your favorite government snoop reading "in the cloud"?  Here are two stories I saw just today....

This story was linked to on the Drudge Report this morning, and I was able to read it earlier, but I suspect that the site is overloaded as it no longer loads:
Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter archive -
The Library of Congress and Twitter have signed an agreement that will see an archive of every public Tweet ever sent handed over to the library's repository of historical documents.

"We have an agreement with Twitter where they have a bunch of servers with their historic archive of tweets, everything that was sent out and declared to be public," said Bill Lefurgy, the digital initiatives program manager at the library's national digital information infrastructure and preservation program. The archives don't contain tweets that users have protected, but everything else — billions and billions of tweets — are there.
A Google Search for "Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter archive" shows the story has been copied everywhere, so if you can't read it on the original site, you can read about it elsewhere.

Schneier on Security: Security Problems with U.S. Cloud Providers

Invasive U.S. surveillance programs, either illegal like the NSA's wiretapping of AT&T phone lines or legal as authorized by the PATRIOT Act, are causing foreign companies to think twice about putting their data in U.S. cloud systems.

I think these are legitimate concerns. I don't trust the U.S. government, law or no law, not to spy on my data if it thought it was a good idea. The more interesting question is: which government should I trust instead?