Cloudy Ethics

  • July 23, 2013

We all agree that cloud computing is a wonderful thing. It saves money, increases efficiency, and generally makes our lives easier. While the benefits of the cloud are touted openly, one negative aspect in particular often gets overshadowed: ethics.

The issue with ethics on the cloud is, well, cloudy. It’s hard to regulate something that has few physical boundaries. And even if those boundaries are identified, countless people could have access to the content without anyone even knowing. There are legal guidelines about reading someone’s physical mail. That is just between you and the postman. However, there is little regulation for all of the content that exists within the cloud.

What does that mean for you? When looking for a data storage provider or cloud provider, make sure you ask these questions:

  • Where are the data centres located?
  • Who has access to the data?
  • Who controls the network?
  • Is there an ethical or privacy policy in place?

Knowing the answers to these questions will help you determine if this is the provider you want to go with, and whether you’re comfortable with how your content will be treated.

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