GaryK - 6:36 am on Dec 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Most people have already given control to the cloud with gmail, The risks include loss of legal rights to data if it is stored on a company's machine's rather than your own, Stallman points out: "In the US, you even lose legal rights if you store your data in a company's machines instead of your own. The police need to present you with a search warrant to get your data from you; but if they are stored in a company's server, the police can get it without showing you anything. They may not even have to give the company a search warrant."
I wonder if today's ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals applies to Gmail and other cloud-based e-mail providers?
Appeals Court Holds that Email Privacy Protected by Fourth Amendment [eff.org]