Wozniak: Cloud could create 'horrendous' problems

Apple co-founder warns of ceding control to cloud service providers

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he's worried about the continued adoption of cloud computing, which he contends does not give users enough control of their data.

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"I really worry about everything going to the cloud," Wozniak was quoted as saying this weekend, according to news service AFP. "I think it's going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years."

Much of Wozniak's concern seems to be around ceding data control. "With the cloud, you don't own anything," he said, adding, "I say, the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we're going to have control over it."

Wozniak made the comments during a dialogue with controversial performer Mike Daisey after his presentation of "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" in Washington this weekend. Daisey was at the center of a speculation when radio program "This American Life" retracted much of a show after investigating claims that Daisey makes about the Foxconn manufacturing plant in China.

The advent of cloud computing has had its share of criticism and skepticism among some businesses. Some worry about the uptime and reliability of the cloud, while other concerns exist around the management of cloud-hosted data.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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