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    ZDNet: No Privacy on Amazon’s Cloud Drive

    ZDNet’s Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports on privacy problems with Amazon’s new cloud computing service:

    Who couldn’t love the idea of the new Amazon Cloud Drive? You get at least 5GBs of free cloud-based storage, and its trivial to get 20GBs of free storage on Amazon Cloud Drive. Used in concert with the Amazon Cloud Player you get a fine cloud-based music player that can be used either from a Web browser or on Android tablets with the Amazon MP3 App. The new Amazon consumer cloud service also works well. It’s just too bad that you have to give up all privacy to use it.

    Don’t believe me? Read the Amazon Cloud Drive Terms of Use for yourself. In particular, take a glance at: Section 5.2:

    5.2 Our Right to Access Your Files. You give us the right to access, retain, use and disclose your account information and Your Files: to provide you with technical support and address technical issues; to investigate compliance with the terms of this Agreement, enforce the terms of this Agreement and protect the Service and its users from fraud or security threats; or as we determine is necessary to provide the Service or comply with applicable law” […]

    I like Amazon’s services, but I don’t like it well enough to put up with this nonsense. Besides, there area already services out there that offer similar services without such draconian privacy violations. For cloud-based music, there’s SoundCloud and Mougg. If it’s just cloud-based storage you want,Dropbox is still my cloud-storage service of choice.

    Nice try Amazon, but you’ll excuse me if I don’t give you the right to access, retain, use and disclose my account information and my files.

    One Response to “ZDNet: No Privacy on Amazon’s Cloud Drive”

    1. dfcloudaversion Says:

      Ok so you think that we’ll take the road away from an alleged antiquated computer era & obsolescence in order to follow this “Cloud” computing temptation? What about Cloud data
      extortion forcing you to upgrade your new tablet continuously (more and more) for maintaining an access to your personal informations? What about your personal thoughts (political,
      sexual orientation, various opinions related to insurances, banking, diseasis…) beeing spied, exploited, selled, hurting you in the end? What about software alienation, not today, sure, but tomorrow certainly, when there will be no more alternative than keep upgrading? Software alienation implies never ended rising prices… Small hardware fee? Yes but stronger sofware sellings disconnected from real value or quality… You can compare that with this supposed banking crisis, threatening everybody for loosing the hard earned money. What about loosing your spirit? Yes the Cloud is a direct connection to your own spirit… and your wallet. The Cloud is nice, the cloud seems cheaper, the cloud “means” hype, ok, but the cloud may reveal lethal. What about this path to dumb simplicity? You don’t like the TV ads (that can be resumed with taking somebody & letting him/her know he’s stupid)? You hate liars, spies, intruders, amorality, commercial invasion? You won’t like the cloud, but don’t be afraid, despite this freedom postulate, we don’t really have the choice. I can’t persuade you or buy your opinion: Giant companies can & do it right know… Best regards.

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