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Clouds gathering for cloud computing. It seems revelations that nothing that is communicated electronically can be kept secret from government prying, are inclining ICT managers to store data locally, notes David Manners. Governments have made us all paranoid…

Cloud computing is under a cloud as those who make ICT buying decisions shy away from the idea of storing their data remotely.

This does seem like a very good thing. Since widespread computing began, people have preferred the idea of local storage to storing their data remotely.

There’s something intuitive about preferring local storage, and the big cloud computing people have had to work very hard to persuade people to go for cloud storage.

Revelations that nothing that is communicated electronically can be kept secret from government prying, are inclining ICT managers to store data locally, says an NTT Communications survey.

The survey says nine out of ten purchasers of ICT equipment are veering away from cloud computing.

One third of those with cloud computing contracts are already moving data to secure locations.

One in six of those who currently have cloud computing contracts are delaying or cancelling them.

Six out of ten who were considering signing cloud computing contracts have decided against.

Over 90% want data stored in their own region.

The survey covered ICT purchasers from the USA, Hong Kong, France, UK, and Germany.

So now governments have made us all paranoid. We wonder if our PCs have back doors, if every processor is sending data to the spies, if every server sends data to spooks, if every software programme sends your stuff to GCHQ et al, if every sortie on-line is reported to MI5.

Will we ever have certainty that it is not?

And, in the modern world, would it ever be a good thing if we did?

Tags: backdoor, cloud computing, cloud storage, Government, ICT, local storage, NSA

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