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No Nook – No Book

Cloud Server ConceptFrom the UK, addressing the question, do you own it in the cloud?

In one of the most amazing statements this author has read, the company says it’s trying to set up a deal with Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand “to ensure that you have continued access to the vast majority of your purchased NOOK Books at no new cost to you” (emphasis added).

If we read that correctly, in getting out of the UK, Nook can’t even guarantee that all the books customers have already bought temporarily licensed will remain accessible to them.

Source: No more Nookie for Blighty as Barnes & Noble pulls out • The Register

It seems that Barnes and Noble is pulling out of the UK and will no longer support Nook e-books. This has created a real possibility that Nook users who purchased e-books will not have access to those books.

Who owns the data? Or in this case who owns the data bits that make up a book?

The concept of buying and owning a digital product that you store in the cloud is fundamentally different from owning your own copy of that book in a paper format.

The same is true of your patients records stored online. If your cloud based management system fails will you have access to your records? In theory all cloud based systems are bound to make your data available if you want to leave. But? How does your agreement read and what format will the data be made available? Will it be easily converted to a usable format?

What if the company fails? Will you still be able to get your data?

FYI The HIPAA rules not only protect patient privacy but also require the dentist, as the custodian of the records, to keep them in a safe environment and make them available to patients if they are requested. It would be considered a HIPAA violation if your server crashed, all the data was lost and you did not have an adequate back up.

Who owns the data?

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