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Amid various privacy scares – yes, you can collaborate and communicate securely in the cloud

October 19, 2018 / John Mason

Last week, Facebook announced the launch of Portal, a voice-activated smart home camera device. Considering the recent data breach the company suffered, the tech press response to Portal ranged from bafflement to incredulity. In response, Facebook senior exec Andrew Bosworth insisted< all processing was done locally on the device – so no information was uploaded to the cloud, or stored on Facebook servers. But is this sensible policy or scaremongering? This article will argue it is a bit of both; going through various data breaches and scandals, privacy fears around the cloud, and how using tools like VPNs – albeit with a degree of caution– add an extra layer of security to the cloud computing equation.