Re: "process everything remotely to maximise efficiency"
> Why is it that every new tech is automatically used as another excuse for flinging my data about to points I do not control and want nothing to do with ?
Well, to be honest it's an old trend I've already observed in personal computing, long before smart phones. Apparently everyone dreams to go back to the ancient "big iron - dumb terminal" configuration. Nostalgia? Greed? Hunger for ultimate power over the "lusers"? Never managed to know. I realize it allows some interesting things though:
- Blackmail them at will ("Nice set of data you have there, it would be a pity if you lost access to it because you didn't accept our latest 250% fee increase.")
- Sell them additional services, like remedies against the bugs and shortcomings of your platform ("Premium Priority Pass - For when you really need your device to reliably work at least once every week").
- Delete their files and watch them squirm, the ugly, nasty worms.
- Sell their data to anybody who might give you any money for it. Over and over again.
And so on. So yes, there are reasons for it, just no good reasons.