Google's Chrome OS is a vessel that promotes "careless computing", Free Software Foundation founder and the creator of the GNU operating system Richard Stallman has said.
Talking to The Guardian, Stallman said that the idea behind cloud computing is that users store their data in the cloud, on servers whose location are unknown. This, he says, is a form of "careless computing".
He believes that this will prevent people from storing their private data on personal machines, where it is secure from snooping governments and individuals, and use less-safe cloud-based servers instead.
Stallman said that cloud computing posed a considerable risk to users as they could lose the right to own their own data if it is stored on someone else's servers.
“In the US, you even lose legal rights if you store your data in a company's machines instead of your own,” he says.
“The police need to present you with a search warrant to get your data from you; but if they are stored in a company's server, the police can get it without showing you anything. They may not even have to give the company a search warrant,” Stallman said.