Privacy Question

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Hello everyone. New user here! 


I am a big user of the "cloud" and backing up everything to the cloud. I run multiple machines and I liked being able to turn off one and go to another have all my data there waiting. I was on the internet the other day reading and it terrified me! I was reading about how this guy had pictures of his son on his computer (and synced to Google Drive) (nonsexual, but still, as a child and in the bath tub). He said his files were set to private but still someone from the government knocked on his door and ask to view his laptop. That totally freaked me out! I have no child porn or anything like that, but just the thought that in my private folders people could go through it without my permission made me rather worried. Not because of the data that's there, but rather, it's MY data and I have a right to privacy and my documents, pictures and files are MINE. So I'm moving away from the cloud. That's when I remember that I had seen Bit Torrent Sync! 


To sync my devices is there any danger of NSA or Government intervention? I don't live in the US, I live in Spain. I mean, can the NSA still get my data if it's synced via Bit Torrent? If I'm at my house and I sync over the LAN I know it won't be an issue, but what about when I'm at work and I save a file and it syncs back to my house? Another option for me was to get a BT Sync server. There are a few of them floating around the net, and some (like BTSync.com) aren't located in North America (which means great speeds for me!). Are they vulnerable? Can the government see what files are being synced back and forth? Once again, this isn't for illegal information or pictures or anything like that! This is all my content, documents, personal family and friends pictures. Nothing pornographic, nothing illegal. Like I mentioned before, it's just the thought that my data is being mined (in every sense if it's with Google).


Thanks in advance. I've spent the entire morning browsing through the forum, and I see only good things but I haven't seen this issue really touched upon. Either that or my searching skills aren't that good: if this is the case, could you please redirect me? 


Thank you for your time! 


Kind regards,



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I would highly recommend building your own VPS with Backupsy. You can pick locations in the Netherlands or the UK if you prefer to not to have your data passing through the USA. It fully supports btsync and you can use your own encrypted read-only secrets, so not even Backupsy can see what you're storing. 


I picked up my VPS there when they were having a sale on lowendbox. I think I pay $5/mo for 250GB storage. It's unmanaged, so it's great as long as you're confident enough to install/configure all the packages you'll need. 


Instructions for making "Encrypted Read-Only" secrets (without the API): http://forum.bittorrent.com/topic/25823-generate-encrypted-read-only-secret-without-api-key/?p=76262


There are two threads in the forum for installing on Linux by tuxpoldo who maintains a very easy to use and install package. Just pick which version suits you best. 

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