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Cloud data future 'horrendous' according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's stormy forecast

Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder and the engineering brains regarded by many as responsible for the company's early success (years before the iPhone and iPad), has voiced concerns about the current trend of moving data to the cloud.

Speaking in Washington, DC at a Q&A session after American monologist Mike Daisy's one-man production, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Wozniak ventured that the trend for shifting data from physical, on-site servers to cloud-based storage facilities could lead to "horrible problems" in the future.

Cloud, data, storage - there are problems ahead

"I really worry about everything going to the cloud...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," he said.

Specifically, Wozniak - affectionately known as Woz in fanboy circles - raised concerns about the lack of user control he perceives in the cloud.

"With the cloud, you don't own anything. You already signed it away," he added.

"I want to feel that I own things. A lot of people feel, 'Oh, everything is really on my computer,' but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, on to the cloud, the less we're going to have control over it," concluded Mr Wozniak.

The session with Wozniak followed Daisy's controversial two-hour show, which is an expose on labour conditions in Apple's Chinese facilities.

Wozniak has a history of speaking his mind about matters Apple-related and otherwise. He left the company in 1987.