Bleich's cloud misnomer

US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich's colourful use of the term “cloud protectionism” oversimplifies a complex issue. While the ability of data to flow seamlessly around the world is great, the inability of people’s rights over their own data to move as easily is worrying.

US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich hits the nail right on the head in the first sentence of his recent opinion piece on cloud computing when he says people are putting huge amounts of data into the cloud, whether they know it or not.

The reality is, a huge proportion of Australians do not know they are using the cloud when they use services such as social networking, and do not know that much of their personal data is being stored overseas as a result.

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