Google Drive : Privacy

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!

CITATION

Schwartz, M. (2012, April 27). Google drive privacy: 4 misunderstood facts. Retrieved from http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/privacy/232901076

 

5 thoughts on “Google Drive : Privacy”

  1. It is true that there are so many people that use Google and upload anything because it is really convenient for them to retrieve it from any where. But what they don’t realize is that they are giving Google their rights as well for the information they are posting.They should be very careful as to what they are uploading.

  2. I recently heard about Google drive and was looking forward in trying it but then after reading your article its just another way of storing information online and having the fear of getting it stolen by somebody by agree it to its term i will obliging to Google to share my information and it won’t be private any more so NO Thank you.

  3. I think it is ridiculous that all of these online storage providers supposedly offer you space FOR FREE…. but really they have rights to everything and make tons of money on your information. They wouldn’t be able to give all of that space away for free if they weren’t making huge profits on it.

  4. Talk about invasion of privacy. I heard about Google drive and thought was an interesting concept, but having read the fine print, I think will pass on using that service. My information is just that, mine, for me to modify, edit and share how I choose.

  5. Wrote about something similar. It’s important that people actually look at the terms of service for cloud services. Most of the time people are quick to click “I agree” just to get to the next part of the installation. This is serious stuff here, people. This is your personal property we’re dealing with! Please read the fine print, and make sure you know what you’re signing up for.

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