Will those online data back up services protect your privacy?
Backing up data in a remote location in case of computer crashes, natural disaster, or theft seems like a good idea. But, is that information kept private with someone else? All those tax records, personal photographs, bank statements. Will those backup providers snoop through your data?
“You need to look at the privacy notice, or the privacy statement as it’s called, it’s on their website. And see what their privacy practices are. When is it that they might release your data?”
Joe Campana, an expert on identity theft, privacy, and information security, says there are legitimate reasons for releasing your personal information.
“A common reason is if there was a legal investigation, if they had to release it to law enforcement for some reason because you were being investigated.”
Generally speaking, though, the average person’s data will remain private – and secure. Campana says most services encrypt the information and transmit it via secure Internet lines.
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