Google Drive Privacy

by Ricardo C
This article talks about the new Google cloud service called Google Drive. Microsoft’s cloud service and DropBox have been the largest cloud storage services for many years and many people were expecting Google to come up with a cloud service. A lot of internet users have services from Google such as email, web based applications such as Google docs, Blogger, etc, and a cloud service would consolidate all of the essential internet services in one provider. However, people need to be aware of the terms and conditions of each provider. For instance, Microsoft and DropBox do not claim ownership of the files that one uploads to their cloud service and maintains them private, on the other hand, Google Drive explicitly says that “Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence 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.
The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps).”

Response:
I enjoy using the services that Google offers, I heavily rely on Gmail and Google Docs for school and personal activities, however I am aware that since the beginning of Google its philosophy was to provide everything in the world at your fingertips which means that everything that I do on Google’s products is being analyzed and shared with the world. Now that the terms and condition of Google Drive are so explicit I would not use Google Drive at all especially to store personal and private information such as pictures, videos, audio files, etc. I would rather use Microsoft or DropBox since their terms and conditions protects your files or at least you are in better standings to win a lawsuit if they modify or distribute your files.

Whittaker, Z. (2012, April 24). Who owns your files on Google Drive? | Internet & Media – CNET News.Technology News – CNET News. Retrieved April 24, 2012, from http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57420551-93/who-owns-your-files-on-google-drive/

2 thoughts on “Google Drive Privacy”

  1. I think one of the good things about laws are that you have to clearly specify your intents. I would most likely not use Google drive too, but Google tells one in advance what they are going to do with it. So it becomes the individuals choice to adapt the feature or not . I use drop-box, and so far i got no complaints. They are pretty good at safeguarding the files from distribution.

  2. You’re right about Google being straight forward with their intentions. Just with mobile apps powered by Google, they tell you that you’re location can be tracked for improving the service, unlike some apps on the iPhone. I dont think i would use Google drive because i have no need for it, but when i do, i will probably go with drop-box since i’ve heard only good things.

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