Chrome OS, ctd.

Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the operating system GNU, warns that shifting to Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS will push people into “careless computing.”

The risks include loss of legal rights to data if it is stored on a company’s machine’s rather than your own, Stallman points out: “In the US, you even lose legal rights if you store your data in a company’s machines instead of your own. The police need to present you with a search warrant to get your data from you; but if they are stored in a company’s server, the police can get it without showing you anything. They may not even have to give the company a search warrant.” […]

“I suppose many people will continue moving towards careless computing, because there’s a sucker born every minute. The US government may try to encourage people to place their data where the US government can seize it without showing them a search warrant, rather than in their own property. However, as long as enough of us continue keeping our data under our own control, we can still do so. And we had better do so, or the option may disappear.”

His point about the government being able to seize your information without your consent or a search warrant, if it’s stored in the cloud, is one no one to my knowledge has previously expressed.  It’s a scary proposition.

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