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Apple’s famous co-founder, Steve Wozniak, has expressed grave doubts over cloud storage, citing privacy and data ownership concerns, casting an authoritative cloud over cloud storage and data processed by cloud computing, too.

Uh-oh, cloud lovers: one of the world’s foremost living technological legends, still gainfully employed by Fusion IO and still on Apple’s books as an employee, has cast his own cloud of doubt over cloud computing.

The news is surprising given Apple’s own iCloud service, not that Steve Wozniak had anything to do with developing it, promoting it or marketing it, however the concerns are legitimate: who owns what when it’s transferred to someone’s public or private cloud service?

Once it’s out there, is it out there, despite whatever encryption technologies you might use or elaborate passwords while you hope the cloud provider isn’t otherwise hacked, potentially exposing everyone’s data stored on that cloud?

During the same week as Fusion IO’s surprise birthday party for Woz, Steve also attented the second-to-last ever airing of Mike Daisey’s controversial and somewhat disgraced one-man monologue play: The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, which had momentous moments ultimately marked out as having been part fiction and only partial fact, despite Mr Daisey’s on-the-ground movements at the Foxconn factory in question.

The news comes forth via AFP, which lists a great deal of detail concerning the post-monologue chat were Wozniak and Daisey faced the crowd to talk and answer questions.

AFP’s report quotes Woz stating that: “I really worry about everything going to the cloud," he said. "I think it's going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years."

Woz added his concerns over who owned what on cloud servers, stating that: "With the cloud, you don't own anything. You already signed it away" through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to.”

Woz then spoke like a freedom-loving human being when he stated “I want to feel that I own things”, with AFP’s quote of Wozniak concluding with “A lot of people feel, 'Oh, everything is really on my computer,' but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we're going to have control over it."

For plenty more on and of the comments Steve Wozniak made, please read the AFP’s article here.


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.