When I read your message, it was with a lot of trepidation and dismay [paranoia upswell of Big Brother]. Are you saying that the trend now is to have all of our programs AND data online and not on our own computers? That the only programs on our computer will only be the operating instructions to get online? What about the researcher who can't afford or won't use or buy a computer? Who can't use these new-fangeled machines instead of a good, old-fashioned card catalogue made out of paper?
If my data, whether genealogy or word-processing or whatever you want to keep private, was on-line, would not someone be able to get into it and use it for their own advantage? What if I was writing the next best selling novel and somebody stole it for themselves? If I wanted to do some research, how would I be able to read it for reference or even print it out? Would I have some kind of computer pad as inStar Trek that I take with me to the library?
What about medical records? Would I want mine on the net so anybody can view them, including the insurance companies, or heaven forbid, the government or the dreaded Infernal Revenue Soul-Taker Service?
I would not want my working data on line or my private info either!