Wherever you live in the world, if you store information on one of the many cloud services with servers based in the USA, your information can be accessed by the US government.
In the latest renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), federal government agencies such as the CIA, FBI, and the NSA can access your information.
Snooping on foreigners is not just about security. The federal agencies can access the information on the servers for political reasons as well. This means that they can do as they please without any real reason or suspicion.
Cloud computing has become a popular concept in recent times, with many people storing highly personal information in their accounts.
We always viewed the big push to cloud computing with suspicion, and although it offers a convenient solution for general needs, anything personal or sensitive stored on these services will always be at risk.
As we see governments give themselves more power to access out personal data, the only thing to do is to keep all your personal information in a place where it is free from prying eyes.
It wasn’t so long ago that the US authorities were developing a Trojan to send to devices connected to the internet to spy on people. They didn’t get very far with that and abandoned most of the project.
It wasn’t long after that we saw the promotion of cloud computing as such a ‘wonderful and convenient way’ to keep ourselves connected to our data – wherever we are.
The only way to keep your data safe is to keep it somewhere where only you can access it.
It is not the hackers we need to be wary of, but our governments.