GLOBAL NEWS: NAFTA, Trump and the cloud-What the negotiations mean for your personal data




August 10, 2017 | By: Erica Alini

What does NAFTA have to do with the cloud?

A lot, it turns out.

The cloud is what allows you to take a picture on your phone and then look at it on your desktop computer, or to start watching a movie on your laptop and then pick up where you left off on your smartphone. It’s the reason most of us no longer back up files on clunky hard drives.

But the data you’re uploading to “the cloud” is actually stored in giant physical servers owned by private corporations like Dropbox, Apple, Google and Amazon. The cloud works the same way for businesses: Uploading customers’ data to the cloud and means they can make it immediately accessible to any company computer. Governments also can – and increasingly are – using the cloud.

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