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Can Amazon Web Services be trusted

Channel 4's Dispatches dont seem to think so

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Following the highly critical Dispatches programme on Channel 4 on Monday 11th November 2019, in which Amazon and it's contraversial practices were once again laid bare for all to see - who could possibly trust this global advertising giant with their accounting data.  I found out recently that some online accounting software providers use AWS for the storage of their users' data.  If we value our privacy and that of our clients, surely we should not be using providers who simply hand our data over to Amazon.

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By paul.benny
12th Nov 2019 15:23

You may not like amazon's commercial practices but what makes you believe that their cloud storage and web services are insecure?

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By johnhemming
12th Nov 2019 17:55

I had a discussion with the House of Commons authorities about the fact that parliamentary data was to be placed with Microsoft outside the UK juridiction, but subject to the jurisdiction of the US security courts (FISA/FISC). The point of the authorities was essentially that data security against unauthorised attacks would be greater. The same will apply with Amazon. Google might be better as they tend to be really competent when it comes to tech. However, Amazon is probably quite good at this.

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By Seamus O Ceallaigh
13th Nov 2019 13:29

Google are the second biggest advertsing group in the world. They make a living off information in an even bigger way than Amazon. Every key-stoke within a Chrome browser, every 'google' search, every purchase is monitored by this guys. So I'm afraid I don't buy for one minute that they are not creaming off information from everything stored on their systems and using it or selling it on. And as for information subject to US jurisdiction, it is my understanding that any data help by an American company, whether in the US or not, is subject to the Patriots Act, making it penetrable by any US government agency.
In my humble opinion, we are much safer chosing trusted British companies with proper security policies who manage our data within the UK when we are making decisions about who hosts our accounting software.

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By Seamus O Ceallaigh
13th Nov 2019 13:15

I'm not sure I was suggesting that their web services are not secure. My point is that they are a huge advertising group who make vast amounts of money by knowing who wants what, when, where and why. They may not 'lose' your data, but that's not to say they will not 'use' your data.

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By paul.benny
13th Nov 2019 14:02

Google provide all sorts of 'free' services (Chrome, Android, search, maps, Google Docs, etc) in return for data. The data is then monetised, largely by selling advertising. Even though we probably don't realise just how much we away every time we accept the T&C, we're willing to sell ourselves in this way.

As I understand AWS, their model is rather different: users of their cloud storage, software hosting, etc pay a cash fee. AFAIK, they don't sell advertising (although the retail business does have 'sponsored listings'). I've not seen any reports suggesting that AWS are reading the data they host or utilising it in any other way. Have you?

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By JCresswellTax
13th Nov 2019 14:05

Boring zzz

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