I read an interesting white paper on Privacy In The Clouds. The paper was presented by Ann Cavoukian, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
She raises concerns about the use of third-parties to host data on the web and the need to adopt identity management.
From her paper:
Our digital footprints and shadows are being gathered together, bit by bit, megabyte by megabyte, terabyte by terabyte, into personas and profiles and avatars — virtual representations of us, in a hundred thousand simultaneous locations. These are used to provide us with extraordinary new services, new conveniences, new efficiencies, and benefits undreamt of by our parents and grandparents. At the same time, novel risks and threats are emerging from this digital cornucopia. Identity fraud and theft are the diseases of the Information Age, along with new forms of discrimination and social engineering made possible by the surfeit of data.