Privacy Advisor

Cloud computing privacy and data security: Domestic and international issues

With data storage costs plummeting, a great deal of information that was once stored on local computer hard drives is now being stored on remote servers, sometimes referred to as “clouds.” The term “cloud computing” has many meanings, but in general, it refers to the outsourcing of data processing functions to a group of servers connected via the Internet. Cloud computing offers the scalable use of information technology (IT) resources and facilities to save costs. In some cases, entire technological processes are transferred to the cloud; in others, cloud computing simply covers peaks in demand that overburden internal IT infrastructures.

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