Privacy in a SaaS World

I suppose it was bound to happen eventually, but a federal judge just ordered Google to turn over the viewing logs for YouTube (your usernames, IP addresses, etc) as part of the current Viacom v YouTube and Google litigation.  The EFF is fighting this, of course.

But, this doesn’t bode particularly well for privacy and the use of SaaS-type computing (ie: putting your data into someone else’s hands for whatever reason) given the way in which the court interpreted existing law.

Thanks for the notice to:  Unit Structures, ZDNet, and Gizmodo.

PS.  Deleting your account at this point might not help… but I would definitely recommend re-evaluating what you have as your YouTube (and other services’) username and if you use your real names in the profile information.  Just a thought.


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