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The Stored Communications Act (SCA) has been contested for years. But although many see it as unconstitutional, it stands. The SCA grants the US government full access to any data stored online. In this day and age of cloud storage, it means they can get into a lot. We need to employ VPN cybersecurity and data encryption to protect it from prying eyes.
SCA Says Online Storage is Fair Game
The SCA gives the US government the power to access any data that is stored online. This means that any data you have in the cloud is not protected by your Fourth Amendment rights. Unconstitutional or not, your data is open to any government requests at the moment. It actually has been for years. Courts have ruled that the SCA is unconstitutional, but this hasn’t stopped them. In January of 2011, the Sixth Circuit court made this ruling. Although this inspired moves for privacy reform, the SCA still stands.
VPN Cybersecurity for Identity Protection
Governments often find online data after conducting a search using an email, IP address, phone number or other identifying information. If you have any data stored online, you need VPN cybersecurity. VPN cybersecurity is using alternate IP addresses to mask your real location and ISP. It is easy to create anonymous email addresses and use disposable phone numbers. What you can’t fake is your Internet connection. VPN cybersecurity ensures that you cannot be traced back to your connection and from there to your real name, phone number and other identity details stored by your ISP.
Most people have at least a bit of data stored online these days. We wouldn’t normally think that anyone other than ourselves would be interested in this data. Nevertheless, if you want to make sure that the government is not snooping on your life, VPN cybersecurity is necessary. VPN cybersecurity provides data encryption for all the data you send online. It cannot keep the data encrypted once you dump it in Dropbox or other storage services. But it protects your identity and the data in transit.
Data Encryption for Private Storage
Data storage services do not all provide users with encryption capabilities. And when they are faced with government requests for data access, they must comply. They hold the encryption keys in these cases and can therefore decrypt and share the data as they see fit. By using your own data encryption, you can keep your data private from your online storage service. This keeps it private from anyone else who has the power to request it.
Most of the time, the government will not bother trying to decrypt random data. If you are not in their sights, they will pass over this data and move on to the next batch. Of course, a safer way to keep their noses out of your business is not to use online storage as much as possible. Local data encryption is also recommended, whether or not you really need to put files in the cloud. Storing data locally and encrypting it is the safest method. It protects data from any snooping, including remote access searches. And locally encrypted files that are uploaded to online storage services are also better protected.