Privacy in the Cloud: Facebook & Google

Facebook and Google have taken quite a bit of heat lately regarding their privacy policies. In essence, they’ve taken an opt-out approach to privacy. Put another way, they make the decision for the user to share information then allow the user to opt-out. That may work for many new features or options. With privacy, the option is a bit more sensitive. While some may be ok with sharing information widely on the Internet, most appear to chide at the concept.

With the opt-out approach, it seemed like users needed to recheck privacy settings every couple of days because of a new feature or change to Facebook’s privacy changes.

A better approach would be to use an opt-in approach to privacy. That is, by default, nothing is shared unless you (as the user) opt to share it.

This leads to a larger issue with storing data in the cloud. Whether personal or corporate data, it needs to be protected by default. How it is protected depends on a variety of factors. But let’s hope that as new cloud providers enter the market they take the opt-in approach to sharing of information.

Tim Crawford is ranked as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Chief Information Technology Officers (#4), Top 100 Most Social CIOs (#7), Top 20 People Most Retweeted by IT Leaders (#5) and Top 100 Cloud Experts and Influencers. Tim is a strategic CIO & advisor that works with large global enterprise organizations across a number of industries including financial services, healthcare, major airlines and high-tech. Tim’s work differentiates and catapults organizations in transformative ways through the use of technology as a strategic lever. Tim takes a provocative, but pragmatic approach to the intersection of business and technology. Tim is an internationally renowned CIO thought leader including Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT). Tim has served as CIO and other senior IT roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/ All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics and National Semiconductor. Tim is also the host of the CIO In The Know (CIOitk) podcast. CIOitk is a weekly podcast that interviews CIOs on the top issues facing CIOs today. Tim holds an MBA in International Business with Honors from Golden Gate University Ageno School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Golden Gate University.

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