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Big Ideas of 2014: Scepticism about cloud computing

Public concern about government surveillance will make users and regulators wary of remote data storage

By Prospect Team   January 2014
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“Know when to keep private information private”: Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about cyber security have led to scepticism about cloud computing © Vincent Yu/AP/Press Association Images

The term “cloud computing” began to drift into the public consciousness in 2006. Six years later, reliance on the “cloud” touches every part of personal and 

professional communications—and scepticism now has its day.

Cloud services such as Gmail or Dropbox allow users to store their data on…

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