Posted by Roger Idaho | Website Development

Is your data being stored confidentially?

It is disturbing to those of us who often read the Terms and Conditions associated with the delivery of Cloud Services (such as web hosting, email services, cloud applications, etc.), how libertine these Providers often are concerning the status of the data stored and transmitted to and from these services.  Here are a few examples:

…from Google’s Privacy Policy (May 27/17)

“Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection.”

Privacy Policies => Turning the Word Privacy on its Head

Normally, we would be inclined to equate the existence of a Privacy Policy with a the presence of at least a nominal effort to protect the privacy of the data, not simply the identity of the individual and/or organization that owns or (theoretically) controls that data.  Not so in today’s world of ‘big data’.  The reality is that in the universe of ‘big data’ the sum of the parts is greater than the whole, much  much greater. This explains how companies such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple etc. can offer such a comprehensive range of services for ‘free’. The data/information they acquire through those free services is valuable, very valuable, and you, the user, provide it to them at no charge.  In exchange, you use their services for no charge.

 

 

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