Who owns your remote documents?

Mark Rasch, in his latest column for SecurityFocus, Don’t Be Evil, discusses quite eloquently the legal dangers of storing documents on remote servers.

With his usual clarity, he discusses the risks and explains why sensitive documents are better off being kept off such servers.

This doesn’t just affect Google Docs but also affects any other Web 2.0 site that offers remote storage, such as Thinkfree Office and Box.Net (all of which I consider to be splendid offerings).

The problem is that any documents stored on Google’s servers (for example) can be subject to discovery in a legal process, and Google likely can be subpoenaed for your documents even without your knowledge.

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