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June 29, 2011

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Father Brian

Of course none of the cloud computing hosts would dream of data-mining your private files, would they? Perish the thought!

Your friend's experience with Hotmail (or any other web-based email) is a salutary lesson for anyone thinking of saving money with this route. Not long ago I passed a solicitor's office in Ilford, Essex and noticed it uses a Hotmail address. Makes you go hot and cold at the thought of the implications for client confidentiality.

It's bad enough with data and email but a lot worse with money. PayPal is notorious for freezing accounts and denying users their funds. Again, it's nigh-on impossible to speak with a human being to resolve matters. It's incredible that people trust an outfit that few had heard of 10 years ago and which doesn't hold a UK banking licence.

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