Poll: Who would you rather trust with your data, Google or Microsoft?

One of the most hotly-debated issues on TechRepublic right now is storage in the cloud. Users have expressed distrust in placing their data in the hands of Microsoft or Google. Which of those two would rather trust with your data? Take our poll.

One of the most hotly-debated issues from my column Four reasons why 2009 will be a watershed year in technology has been the "storage in the cloud" issue. Users have expressed their distrust in placing their data in the hands of Microsoft, Google, or any other vendor. However, since Microsoft and Google are the two heavyweights in this market, I thought it would be worth polling TechRepublic users and asking who they would rather trust with their data.

For me, it's a toss up. I worry about Google because they now have more information on people than most governments, and they use that information to market against users.  Microsoft worries me because their reputation in data and computer security is not very good.

What do you think? Take the poll and join the discussion.


Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

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