What Facebook and the CLOUD Act mean for cloud privacy

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Enterprises have enough to worry about with the data breaches that seem to occur each week, but now you're learning that social networking systems are gathering and using all sorts of data about everyone. Not only information about you, your friends, and your family, but your peers and employees. Some of that information was not knowingly provided to them. Now the CLOUD Act (the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act) has become law to let law enforcement gather your corporate data from servers overseas.

Given this climate, my inbox has been filled with questions from cloud users asking if they should be worried about privacy in the cloud.

There are a few circumstances here to consider.

First, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social networks are not clouds. They have privacy policies that, for the most part, let them gather data as they wish. Membership is free, so if you don’t like their policies, don’t join their social networks.