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Your Privacy Online

So there is big 'shift' towards the 'cloud' in the industry nowadays. Everyone has started to provide (really good) server based services, whether its for your contacts, documents, email, pictures, storage and even the more niche things like your browser favorites, your search history, things like notes, snippets, your friends and their friends.

Most of the companies providing these services have a pretty clear privacy policy, which basically states that they won't be viewing any personal information unless they are obliged to do so. They treat it fairly well, and don't generally release the information unless it becomes absolutely necessary. Companies like google even take it to the court to not release this information.

However, at the end of the day, your information is with a company and it is in the hands of that company to decide what to do with it. You have absolutely no control over it. At a lot of places, it is replicated across machines for disaster rec…