US government can access your cloud data

01/02/2013

Any data stored on US-based cloud services can be accessed and viewed by US government agencies without the need for a warrant, even if it is uploaded by non-US users.

This means any Brits who use services such as Apple's iCloud or Google Drive could have their data surveyed by organisations such as the CIA or FBI, as part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act which was first introduced in 2008 and renewed last month.

The debate over the safety and privacy of cloud users has been ongoing for some time, with many IT experts across the globe warning that the new data storage platform could make businesses and individuals more vulnerable to cyber criminals than ever before.

By storing all information in one place, using the cloud is in many ways similar to putting all your eggs in one basket, making it easier not only for hackers but also governments to gain access to your entire information network.