Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Apr 2012 17:39 UTC
Google Well, this has been a very, very long time in the making. Google has finally unveiled its big Dropbox competitor: Google Drive. You start with 5GB for free, and you can go all the way to 1TB for $50 per month. This is a big deal for many (if you were to use rumouring as a gauge), but all I can think of is this: why on earth would you entrust your files to a company - any company - whose sole interest is extracting money from you, and who, to boot, is subject to crazy American laws?
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Client-side encryption?
by chithanh on Thu 26th Apr 2012 10:25 UTC
chithanh
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2006-06-18

Some people have suggested client-side encryption to work around the privacy issue.

But while eCryptFS, encfs, TrueCrypt and 7Zip-AES provide some protection (depending on the strength of your password), they also defeat one of the points of cloud storage. You cannot search or modify your stuff online or without downloading and decrypting everything first. So your new and shiny cloud storage turns into a dumb data sink.

And Google pushes this far more than their competition, using OCR on scanned PDFs for example, or allowing online collaborative editing of documents.

Solutions like privacy homomorphisms exist to address this problem, but they are not generally used yet and they come with major drawbacks attached.

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