Privacy in communications through the cloud

In a digitized world we are increasingly using the cloud to store our information, but have you ever wondered if communication through the cloud is really secure? Jesús Rodríguez Aragón, is a Computer Engineer, holds a master’s degree in Intelligent Systems and a PhD in Computer Science and Automation from the University of Salamanca. He presents his talk “Communication through the cloud: Privacy?” as part of Module 3 of C1b3rWall Academy.

Jesús is also CEO and co-founder of Iberbox, associate professor at USAL, external professor at the University of Valladolid, University of Burgos and University of León, collaborating professor at the Global Open University of Mexico and member of the Governing Board of CPIICyL. The aim of his lecture is to reflect on the privacy that we can have in our communications through the cloud.

In terms of connectivity, the developments are very significant, however, there is no doubt that our information can be read along the way by multiple systems or people.

Google and Microsoft terms of use

By using a Google service, you agree that it collects the content you create, upload or receive from other users (emails, photos, videos, documents, comments…). Moreover, by using their services, you grant Microsoft a universal, royalty-free intellectual property and industry license to use your content.

The company that receives the client’s information can use it. This, in itself, is not bad, in fact, the concept of collaborative intelligence generates high benefits at a social level (Google Maps traffic jam signal, for example), but this explains why many services are “free”.

Privacy at risk

It is sometimes said that emails are companies’ poorest domain. Corporate emails may be hosted on third-party servers and used by service providers that do not meet confidentiality requirements.

Encrypted information in confidential emails

This model is proposed by Iberbox and goes back to the idea that nobody can open my mailbox if they don’t have the key.

An interesting topic that Jesus presents in his paper, which you can watch here. You can also read the article published on News-365.

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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