Posted by Richard Saunders

A look at the privacy issues at play in a virtual world

In the physical world, if a user leaves her laptop at home under lock and key, laws clearly protect the privacy of that asset while she’s away.

When it comes to protecting virtual assets in an electronic world, however, society is still sorting things out.

This is one of the big complexities when we talk about security and privacy in the cloud — today information can flow, replicate and wind itself all over the globe. Critical information can be stored in a facility that is hundreds or even thousands of miles away, giving rise to several interesting privacy issues.

Dan Reed of Microsoft Research outlines some of these issues and Microsoft’s approach to solving them in this video: