British internet users’ personal information on major ‘cloud’ storage services can be spied upon routinely by US authorities

All personal information stored by British internet users on major “cloud” computing services including Google Drive can be spied upon routinely without their knowledge by US authorities under newly-approved legislation, it can be disclosed.Cloud computing has exploded in recent years as a flexible, cheap way for individuals, companies and government bodies to remotely store documents and data. According to some estimates, 35 per cent of UK firms use some sort of cloud system – with Google Drive, Apple iCloud and Amazon Cloud Drive the major players.
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/british-internet-users-personal-information-on-major-cloud-storage-services-can-be-spied-upon-routinely-by-us-authorities-8471819.htmlAlso see:Editorial: Who owns the contents of the clouds?
Transatlantic disagreements about online privacy have been rumbling for any number of years. But the latest ructions – over the US government’s right to snoop on European citizens’ data – are the most concerning yet.Put simply, the recently re-renewed Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Amendments Act grants Washington access to the data of any non-American that is being held in an internet “cloud” by a US company (such as Google or Facebook). No warrant is needed.
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/editorial-who-owns-the-contents-of-the-clouds-8471778.html

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