I recently got an email from BCIT administration that was sent out to all employees about the dangers of sharing and storing information via cloud computing. The email raised some interesting points that, to be honest, I hadn’t really considered.
Much cloud computing storage is based in the US and is therefore subject to the Patriot Act. Although I don’t usually share folders, I do adore Dropbox, and store my teaching and work files on there. While I am not scared of any of the information I have on there in terms of getting myself into trouble, I would like to be sure it is safe and that it won’t be taken and used without my permission, knowledge, or any compensation. The issue of online privacy and safety continues to be a huge issue, and there does not seem to be any definitive way to know your information is safe.
As I’ve heard it said, “I have read the terms and conditions” is the possibly the world’s biggest lie, so how careful are we being with our information really?
Food for thought. Or the cloud?