- Skyscape are late submitting their first statutory accounts to Companies House
- There are more reasons to believe that HMG will lose control of our data once it is hosted in the cloud on Skyscape's servers
- It looks as if GOV.UK is still not being hosted by Skyscape
Skyscape's non-existent track record
Source: Companies House, 30 January 2013
How did the Government Procurement Service (GPS) and the G-Cloud team determine that it is safe to offer Skyscape's services on the Cloudstore?
What were the Government Digital Service (GDS) going on when they chose Skyscape to host GOV.UK, the soon-to-be-single face of government on the web?
How did HMRC decide to entrust its local office data to Skyscape?
No answers. It remains baffling that all this responsibility for public administration should be put on a one-man company.
And now it transpires that the MOD are relying on Skyscape, too.
Losing control of our data
Does the following snippet give you confidence in Skyscape?
ScienceLogic streamlines IT management for Skyscape Cloud Services
Date: 24 Jan 2013
Skyscape Cloud Services, “the easy to adopt, easy to use, and easy to leave” Assured Cloud Services Company, has selected and deployed the ScienceLogic™ Inc. IT infrastructure management platform to optimize IT operations and rapidly automate processes in their large-scale, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings. Skyscape is a supplier to the UK government through the G-Cloud Framework initiative, helping deliver a highly-scalable, secure community cloud for the provision of public services. The innovative service provider is using the robust ScienceLogic platform to simplify the complexities of providing mission-critical cloud services to multiple government organizations including GOV.UK and the Ministry of Defence.
“We needed to take a more proactive, cost-effective approach to managing our government customer IT cloud resources,” said Peter Rossi, Head of Orchestration & Automation at Skyscape ...
ScienceLogic is a US company based in Reston, VA.
Once HMG put our data in the cloud, it passes beyond their jurisdiction. What happened to Megaupload.com could happen to us, too. The FBI impounded all the data on Megaupload's servers and no-one has been able to get their data back since.
According to Megaupload's lawyers, the prosecution's case amounts to saying that you lose your property rights if you store data in the cloud – if you'd wanted to retain those rights, so goes the argument, you wouldn't have used the cloud.
The FBI have the powers of the USA PATRIOT Act available to them and of the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA).
The USA PATRIOT Act powers can be exercised wherever in the world the cloud data is stored and, as they say on the G-Cloud website, "public cloud is often non-geographically specific" – HMG often won't know where our data is. Location doesn't matter to the FBI. All that matters is that a US-registered company should be involved or any other company with a substantial business in the US.
Skyscape were already known to be involved with EMC, QinetiQ, VMware and Cisco. Then they emphasised the involvement of EMC with the release of a promotional film, Skyscape Cloud Services – Storage as a Service on EMC Atmos. EMC is a US company based in Hopkinton, MA. And now their Head of Orchestration has added ScienceLogic to the list.
FISA was recently "renewed", please see U.S. Spy Law Authorizes Mass Surveillance of European Citizens.
The reasons why the FBI might be interested to take a look at our data are manifold. It was suspected copyright infringement in the case of Megaupload. In our case, it might be that or anything else. Now that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has come into force, they might for example just want to see if there are any US citizens or companies or trusts in the UK evading US tax.
And that's the US, the kindred country we know and trust. HMG will have even less control over our data in other jurisdictions.
Where is GOV.UK?
Back in October 2012, GDS announced that GOV.UK would be hosted on Skyscape.
|30 January 2013
What's going on? Was the GDS announcement about Skyscape nonsense? Who knows. GDS don't answer questions. Four months after Skyscape came into public view, we're none the wiser.
US authorities can spy on the iCloud without a warrant