With an increased dependence on the cloud, is privacy still a consumer concern?

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VP of Partnerships and Strategic Advisor in Software, 51 - 200 employees
I kind of vacillate between desperation and hope. If you would have asked me if consumer privacy was still going to be a topic 10 years ago, I would have been despondent. I would have been like, there's no way that people are going to be concerned about privacy. They give it up every time they turn around, nobody does anything with privacy in mind, nobody will ever pay for privacy. Now, if you look at the dialogue, there's a proposition on the voting ballot for November 3rd to expand CPRI. I mean, it makes me super happy because consumer privacy is still a concern. I suspect there's going to be special interests certainly, privacy is always going to be a concern for intelligence interest, nation/state interests. There's always going to be some group of people who are very, very concerned about privacy, and the larger that group is the more likely it is that consumers will have good privacy alternatives. I'm super happy that Apple is doing things that they're doing to try to curtail government snooping.
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Director of IT, 51 - 200 employees

It seems like consumer privacy is going to drive a lot of decision making, especially since it's on the ballot this year in California.

Senior Director of Health Care Cloud in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
So many seem so eager to just waive their privacy and waive their rights. I wonder if there are going to be some technology disasters to kind of wake people up to why this matters. I think a lot of us as technologists understand the risks and are maybe a little bit more careful, which is why we've got crazy home infrastructures, because we don't necessarily want to give everything away to Amazon or to Google. But a reckoning may come.
Director of IT, 51 - 200 employees
I'm kind of wondering if we're creating a situation where "the Edge” is only for consumer components, be it our cars, our watches, our cameras. At what point are we actually trading things that we shouldn't trade? Like when I built data centers, we recorded our own video, we sync backups for our own video, it wasn't something that we questioned at all. Even if the cloud is something for consumer products and devices only, at some point, the entire model of interaction, the entire way we conceptualize things is going to have to change. It's almost going to have to be aware in a sense. I don't want to say the programs have to write themselves, but the programs are going to have to be aware of say, “oh, I can't leave the confines of the state or this half, this country.” And how do I as a programmer, or how do I as an engineer or a technologist even think about what this might look like, because we have multiple different sorts of architectures and infrastructures to build upon, because everyone wants to do things differently.
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Senior Director of Health Care Cloud in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees

Do you declare geofences for your compute resources and for your data movement based on the different customers they're serving?

VP of Partnerships and Strategic Advisor in Software, 51 - 200 employees

Right now you have policies, but policies are only as good as enforcement and enforcement is only as good as the penalty. And so, you wind up with people saying, "Oh yeah, I'm GDPR compliant," or "I've constructed the system to be GDPR compliant or CPRA compliant." But at the end of the day, you have very, very little way to automate the verification of that. It's a lot of work. It becomes an architectural review and then you're looking at regional access to inputs and it's just a disaster. So you need a way to bridge that. It’s this bridge between physical and digital... There is digital twin, the ability to create a copy of everything, physical or digital, and it's a huge aspect of 5G along with various other capabilities within 5G. But I think that people have a tendency, whenever they're addressing a problem as daunting as privacy or security, to look at these fundamental technologies as panacea, and then ultimately everybody gets disappointed with the reality. It's never as good as the Sci-Fi. Very, very few people on the Enterprise-D, I'm sure, were concerned about whether or not their computer core was subject to Klingon attack whenever they were within a light year of warper. Sci-Fi is great for predicting a lot of things. It's fascinating to me how technology mirrors the art, and how the imagination gets unleashed, but it's easy to glaze over the hard problems in Sci-Fi. It's almost like these problems have to converge to the point that regulation, penalty and the available enforcement and the infrastructure's ability to report its configuration so that you can synthesize that, and the AI that you will inevitably need to be able to process all of these pieces of data to figure out that there was this privacy violation or security violation, or pick your favorite as a violation. It's almost like all of those have to converge. And when they do converge, then the world becomes a better place. Maybe that's a Sci-Fi topic that would probably be covered in an episode of something.

Senior Information Security Manager in Software, 501 - 1,000 employees
The cloud changes nothing about privacy. The cloud is simply someone else’s computer.  

Privacy is a major concern, be it in the cloud or via an on-premises solution.

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