Google Drive : Privacy{5}

by Abel R
Google drive is a place where you can upload almost anything you want and  access it anywhere at anytime. If that is not enticing enough, Google offers 5gb of free data storage for free!!  But, what many don’t know or never read are Google’s unified terms which covers all its products. Taken from Google: “When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations, or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, and distribute such content.” After reading this, you get the sense that your data is basically Google’s and it can do as it wishes with it.

In my article, it goes over 4 facts about Google drive privacy: how creepy the all-in-one privacy policy is, Google doesn’t own peoples files, competitors offer similar privacy policy, and security risks with the cloud. What i found surprising was that people are stunned on how invasive these terms may be but there is a simple solution; in the words of the Microsoft SkyDrive terms of service, “If you don’t agree, don’t use the service. Thanks.”

A recurring topic in our 305 class is data security and privacy. This article offers an insight of cloud services and you basically come to the conclusion that they are variations of the same thing, if you don’t want it shared, stolen, etc… DON’T PUT IT THERE!


Schwartz, M. (2012, April 27). Google drive privacy: 4 misunderstood facts. Retrieved from