Cloud computing privacy can be examined within the three following three categories: 1) Unintentional user-driven data leaks; 2) Lack of controls or protections from the Cloud provider; and 3) Intentional data leaks for monetary gain. Diana Kelley discusses cloud privacy issues.
Googles Schmidt infamously took a less than serious view of lost privacy when he suggested people change their names if poor privacy controls and teenage oversharing lead to problems when they reach adulthood. Facebooks Zuckerberg emphasizes the benefits of sharing information in a social context, but skirts the topic of potential negative impact from sensitive data exposure.
Theres also little doubt that for most organizations a predominantly Cloud-based architecture is the future. Whether an enterprise opts to go Cloud for messaging and backup (ex: Exchange Hosted Services, SkyDrive, and Gmail), select services (ex: Salesforce and Lawson Enterprise Management Systems) or all messaging and productivity applications (ex: Google Applications for Enterprise (GAPE) and Education, Microsoft Office 365/BPOS), core privacy concerns persist because sensitive data exists in all of the above models.
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