Google Chrome OS: Data security vs. data protection

[Google Chrome OS offers] nothing new, to be honest. What Google has presented here is nothing but a consumer thin client. It’s a concept that has been known for years. Remember the Sun Webtop, or StarPortal, some ten years ago? German IT writer Giesbert Damaschke has summarised just that in a post in his German Notizen blog. It says: „Chrome OS, or the return of the dumb terminal“.

Damaschke argues that the main problem lies with data security, as with Chrome OS all data is stored „in the cloud“. This being a technical issue, I think the more important point is data protection which is a legal issue. Who would trust any third-party contractor for trustworthyly saving all his working data (for free, as it seems), after all? Data protection should not be mixed up with data security. While data protection is at risk here, data security, i.e., backup and related issues, may indeed better be left to a computing centre. However, in the end this is a matter of trust. And then, Damaschke’s post is right in saying: „My desktop is my castle.“ Although he belives that Google Chrome may well become a success. He that does not hesitate to hand his data to Google so far will also use Google Chrome OS. Others like him stay with their desktop computers.

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