Privacy and Confidentiality Issues Cast a Shadow with Cloud Computing

March 29, 2012 — 1,126 views  

Cloud computing has changed the way many businesses operate, providing companies access to remote servers that can be used to store and access information. However, the new technology has raised some questions, including confidentiality and privacy concerns that have forced some businesses to review their approach to the practice.

Using cloud computing requires you to trust private information to systems that are controlled by remote servers. For example, you may share information in a Google Document, but can limit users' access through various filtering methods. These ensure that only registered users can access the document, and provide the first line of protection for confidential information about a company's employees or its marketing strategy. 

However, some wonder if the privacy and security these systems provide is enough. As an example, a service provider can access any data added to something like a Google Document, and could use this information for illegal purposes.

The filters described above do not affect service providers. Legislators may consider creating regulations and policies regarding cloud computing in the future, and doing so could limit service providers' access. In addition, researchers continue to study the possibility of allowing users to upload files featuring encrypted data, a protective measure that could prove effective.