Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Confidentialy: Public cloud or on-premises?

"Dropbox or on-premises, wherever your data is, the government can spy on it, so why bother?"
Actually on-premises is slightly better: At least you will KNOW that you are being spied on.

  • Public cloud: Police ask your cloud provider for the data, and you don't hear about it.
  • On premises: Police ask YOU for the data.

Data requests are most often accompanied with a gag order:
"Give us this user's data, but don't tell anyone we asked for it."

An example of this got detailed in The Guardian last week: Google, after sending some of its customers' data to the FBI, waited 3 years before telling anybody.

This is one more reason to prefer on-premises to public cloud.

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