File this under ‘wake up’:
All personal information stored by internet users on major "cloud" computing services including Google Drive can be spied upon routinely without their knowledge by US authorities under newly approved legislation.Cloud computing has exploded in recent years as a flexible, cheap way for individuals, companies and Government bodies to store documents and data.
But it has now emerged that all documents uploaded on to cloud systems based in the US or falling under Washington's jurisdiction can be accessed and analysed without a warrant.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA, allows US Government agencies open access to any electronic information stored by non-American citizens by US-based companies.
Quietly introduced during the dying days of President George W. Bush's Administration in 2008, it was renewed over Christmas 2012. But only now are privacy campaigners and legal experts waking up to the extent of the intrusion.