Everybody uses cloud services. It's almost unavoidable today; the moment you set up a computer or smart device, it prompts you to create an account in order to download apps and updates, then proceeds to automatically back up your contacts and other information to the cloud. At any given moment, your phone or computer could even be uploading your photos, location data, browsing/shopping data, and social media activities to the cloud, if you have such features enabled (Which by default usually are). Even if you try your best to avoid it, it's likely that you have some information sitting in the cloud - except that there is no such thing as "The Cloud". "The Cloud" isn't "The Cloud", it is just space on other peoples' computers residing on the Internet.
Think about your daily online activity. Chances are you sent a few emails via Gmail, moved some new family photos or other files to an online storage service, perhaps created some new posts for your blog, and updated your LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter accounts. But where does that data you upload go?
Here in America, we are used to having our rights of privacy, protected by the 4th amendment of our Constitution.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
But even in America, these rights can be, and are regularly waived through verbal agreement and/or written contract. I know this as a fact as a member of the Military and former member of the Law Enforcement community. Have you ever read your "Terms of Service" agreement for the cloud services you use? No one reads those, right?
If you ask anyone, they will tell you that "The Cloud" is simply a place in the Internet where they can store and access their own data through Drobox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, Box, Azure, AWS, etc. But who owns the data once it is placed on the "Cloud"?
"Surely it remains my data," you might think, "I own it."
Data ownership on other people's computers raises a whole lot of questions. What are they doing with that data? We have already seen large corporations grant US Government Intelligence Agencies unprecedented access to data they store. Perhaps even more importantly, where is that data physically stored? As I said before, the Cloud doesn't exist, but the computers your data resides on physically do. They have a footprint… somewhere. Is your data being stored in the United States, Europe, South America, or Asia?
The fact is, your online data is likely stored in several different countries, making it impossible to claim ownership of the data you created and "shared" on these cloud services. Even if the data is stored on a friendly country's servers such as in the UK; Currently under English law, there are no property rights in data as such – although this has not necessarily prevented individuals and businesses from treating data as property. A recent judgment in the UK provided the following guidance:
Information stored electronically does not constitute property which someone can exercise possession of, judges in the UK have ruled.
The Court of Appeal rejected arguments to the contrary and refused to interpret existing laws in a manner which would, it admitted, "have the beneficial effect of extending the protection of property rights in a way that would take account of recent technological developments".
The judges said that whilst it is possible to exert control over electronic information it is not possible to gain possession of it. The distinction was drawn in a case concerning a dispute between a publisher and an IT supplier.
So what is the bottom line? So long as markets exist for buying or selling user data and individuals regularly disclose their personal data in exchange for goods and services, any user data stored on "The Cloud" will be at risk.
Think twice before clicking send; uploading all your files onto a third party "Cloud" service. Other options to consider include local backup and file storage to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) and/or privately owned "Cloud" systems via the Internet.
Large businesses with Enterprise level services and infrastructure already accomplish this, enjoying greater levels of "off grid" security with privately hosted storage and services. Enterprise level security and computing is currently pushing its way down into the home, SOHO, and Small to Mid-sized Business (SMB) environments. This issue will continue to grow in importance going forward, especially to the SMB and high net-worth individuals in the market who wish to guard their intellectual property, trade secrets, and personal data.
FIREFX will address this problem with its newest security ecosystem offering; The DATA VAULT. The DATA VAULT will offer private cloud storage services (hosted from the home, SOHO or SMB) and encryption proof data storage to protect against ransomware attacks.
See more here http://www.fire-fx.tv/data-vault/