Saturday, 3 December, 2011
This article on politico discusses the implications of the patriot act in the US on cloud computing, namely that companies and governments are reluctant to use US based cloud storage because data stored in the US becomes accessible to the US government through the patriot act. The best way to avoid this is to take the Wuala approach of client-side encryption and to encrypt everything before it is uploaded. With client-side encryption, no one, not even LaCie as the operators of Wuala, can see your stored data and therefore also cannot give it to a government agency or anyone else. Furthermore, Wuala's datacenters are all located in Europe which has more data protection laws, giving additional comfort to our users.