Of course, a big drop like this wouldn’t be complete without some fierce debate about privacy policies, right?
Take this tweet for instance:
Pretty straight forward and clear, right?
After all, the screenshot attached to this tweet is from CNET News and looks pretty straight forward.
- But how can Google get away with this?
- How can they lay claim to user’s data?
- Is Google really this evil?
I dug a little deeper and actually found a counter article to the Google Drive policy debate, Stop the Google Drive Terms of Service Bogeyman Hunt.
Great read, let me summarize it for you.
Read all of Google’s Terms of Service. It starts off with:
“You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.”
“We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Google unless one of the following circumstances apply: with your consent; with domain administrators; for external processing; for legal purposes.”
Hmmmm. Maybe this is a “bogeyman hunt” after all?
But what about all that nasty verbage CNET News was going on and on about?
Let’s put it into context, shall we?
“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 we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps).”
See what CNET did there?
PhoneArena put it best:
The first bunch of verbs (“host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works”) all cover the process ofmaking your content useful. If Google can’t host or store your content, it disappears, which is of no help to you. If Google can’t reproduce your content, it would be impossible to have the syncing across devices that makes Google Drive, Music, or Photos useful. Modifying and derivative works covers anything from auto-correct in a document to translations or fixing the color of a photograph.
This makes sense.
Google isn’t riffling through your files looking to crack the next big idea. They already hire people to do that, they don’t need to steal your ideas.
After looking at the big picture, I’m not worried about what’s going to happen to my data. It looks pretty clear to me.
Will I be using Google Drive?
As for me and my house, we will continue to use Dropbox. I already paid for a full year, so I’ll wait until then to decide.
What about you?
[Image via Jon Wiley]