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Data Security? 03/14/2014 @ 10:07am The open standards goal is attractive, but I wonder in this day and age of digital spying how anyone can be sure that someone does not access data in a cloud? Data in cloud storage or passing to and from cloud storage is subject to interception, as the NSA aptly demonstrates. It's hard for me to believe that any corporation that has access to one's data will not be powerfully tempted to rationalize using that data, perhaps excusing it by saying it removes names and IDs, for their own larger purposes. I'd be more enthused about a system that could be run totally within my computer resources and did not have to travel over or to the cloud.

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Re: Re: Data Security? 03/15/2014 @ 10:44am James, This is an excellent question. The OADA approach is designed so that if you want your own cloud storage on your farm, you can simply download the open source code from the project, install it on your own server, and all your data can remain entirely on your farm. You are exactly correct that a single cloud service that holds all the world's agricultural data would be a prime target for attacks. That's why we're focused on enabling secure interoperability to enable data to remain distributed while still providing all the benefits that data analytics and cloud computing can provide. OADA is dedicated to providing the framework for farmers to choose whatever data management solution works for them.

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