Yep, I worry
I love the comment, Just because I am paranoid, doesn't mean they are not after me
I used to advise people to never put in an e-mail anything they wouldn't say in a public area, like a macdonalds. If the data is sensitive, encrypt it, dont email it. Web based services are the same.
Its for public data only, sensitive stuff doesn't even stay on my laptop. And I backup everything. So how could I ever trust on-line storage
History tells us that Governments change and may later use data any way they want.
Hitler put ID cards in place so he could fix a wrecked economy and get the trains running. People accepted it, and it worked. They never saw the problem until the same card had them on a train to a relocation camp and by then it was too late.
For a public calendar, like a group of us meeting to discuss linux over curray in south Hamilton ... Cool place, we can colaborate freely... Until the MS police track us down and for us to install a service pack. ok, maybe not.
Google means public, public means not everything is suitable.
I think I'm with you on this one
I have been following the posts about the new Google calendar, and for the most part I am pretty impressed. Now I know this is just my issue, but I find myself trying to make it a point of not relying on outside sources for my email, file storage and now calendaring. And with Google and Microsoft pushing even more, the more I pull back.
Maybe it is my distrust of tech and tech companies but turning over all my data to be stored elsewhere and handled by a 3rd party freaks me out, because once it is on their system you don?t really have any control over it.
There is no promise of backups, no promise of restoration if needed, no promise that you will always be able to access it and no promise that your personal information is protected. They ?can? say it, but a court of law or a paranoid government can easily change that in a hurry.
I realize that you do get the added benefit of being anywhere in the world, as long as you can access the internet, you can get at your data. You also do not have to absorb the cost of owning applications to do all these things. I get that part.
But people are screaming about privacy and the protection of their data, and yet are willing to turn this all over to 3rd parties. If you are compromised, the impact can be huge.
For instance, Paris Hilton?s blackberry (not a fan of her, but this is an easy example of what jumps into my pea brain). She was compromised, but it was not just her that was impacted, so were the people in her phone book. What was once a private phone number and email address was suddenly made available for public consumption and opened up for abuse.
There have been lots of finger pointing about who was at fault, but the fact is her personal data, that was stored with a 3rd party was compromised.
So now people are jumping onto the bandwagon. Storing, emailing and calendaring using 3rd party sources.
Am I the only one that has concerns about this? Trusting a 3rd party source, no matter how big they are and no matter what statements they make about how they will protect my accounts with them? I sure am.