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Most constitutional concerns surrounding cloud computing relate to privacy and whether cloud-based data is exempt from unreasonable search and seizure pursuant to the Fourth Amendment. Today, however, a First Amendment issue reared its head when Rackspace took credit for taking down the website of Florida’s suddenly notorious anti-Islam pastor. I understand Rackspace’s defense of its actions, but I think this sets an ugly precedent for free speech in the cloud. There is a fine line between free speech and prohibited hate speech, and it’s a bit scary to think of cloud providers making that determination based on citizen complaints rather on judicial orders. Of all the reasons to fear the cloud, a waiver of free-speech rights shouldn’t be one of them.