It's all in the clouds.

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As the old adage goes, everything old is new again. So it is with computers. In the "old days" (days that are still present here at UNC), people used to store all their data and run all their applications on a remote server.

That cloud may be pretty...

It may be, but that's not the type of cloud that's used in cloud computing. The "cloud" for computers looks more like this:

blue gene

IBM/LLNL's Blue Gene/L Supercomputer.
Image Source: https://asc.llnl.gov/computing_resources/bluegenel/photogallery.html


Privacy

Spy vs. Spy

Ever since the invention of the “snap camera,” technology has played a significant role in the development of information privacy law. Individuals do not consider all personal information private, as this determination is often influenced by time and culture.  Many of the privacy concerns associated with cloud computing are similar to Internet policy issues that the government has been tackling for several years. However, because the Cloud is inherently global and operates across many mediums, cross-jurisdictional and accountability issues exists.
Going forward, a decision needs to be made on how to balance the benefits of cloud computing with privacy concerns and the evolving technology.

 

Security

With the new technologies come new security concerns. The cloud raises questions about to whom what data belongs. Additionally, laws need to address what happens if a security breach does occur. For example, notification of users is often required. However, the law is simply limited in how much it can do because it is reactive instead of proactive.

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