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Dark Clouds Gather Over Online Security


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Google may have threatened to leave China in order to keep us all from concluding that "the cloud" can't be secured. But isn't that precisely what we should conclude based on the fact that Google chose to leave China?

Why didn't Google just fix the flaw and keep its mouth shut? If it thought it could protect its data and yours, wouldn't it have just done so?

In other words, the whole Google-in-China situation boils down to this: Google may have realized that it can't guarantee the security of its secrets—or yours.

It seems that all our data is moving to the cloud—especially for mobile computing users. Is it time to rethink cloud computing?

From Computerworld
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