Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Dec 2009 23:28 UTC
Editorial Now that everything is moving to the cloud internet, you might think that data loss is a thing of the past. Sadly, as the past few months have taught us, this actually isn't true; we first had the Microsoft/Danger disaster, and now we have Palm and Sprint facing a class-action lawsuit over data loss for webOS phones. All this raises the question: how safe is it to store your precious data on the internet, and do you really trust the internet?
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RE: User Data bill of rights
by Delgarde on Thu 10th Dec 2009 01:14 UTC in reply to "User Data bill of rights"
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Any user generated data will be exportable in one of two forms:
1) An opaque blob that will allow the restoration of user generated content for the period of 6 months.
2) An documented data file and an API that would allow community written tools to allow restoration of user generated contents.

Agreed, and preferably the latter - any company hosting a person's data should provide a means for that person to fetch that data in a useful form (i.e not cryptic binary blobs, nor screen-scraping web pages).

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