Linked by David Adams on Fri 11th Dec 2009 01:25 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I was reminded of Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy's infamous sound byte (used as the title of this article) when I read about Google CEO Eric Schmidt's foot-in-mouth moment during a recent CNBC interview (YouTube Link). Here's what Schmidt said: "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines -- including Google -- do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."
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Even having never actually used such a service myself, I'd kinda expect that they'd do the encryption on their end, both to provide a degree of transparency to the end-user ("just send us your files, and we'll magically encrypt them for you at some point"), and possibly precisely so they can guarantee their own access to that data later, if they need it (like if they're compelled by court order to turn over your data).

If you just buy space on some remote pool of storage, then sure, send it whatever you want. I'd expect a consumer-oriented backup service to try to make the process as simple and transparent for the client as possible, so I'd expect the service provider to handle the encryption on their end.

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