More Grey areas with Public Cloud services and data ownership…

26 April 2012
Following on from the release of Google Drive, there seems to be many more questions asked about who actually owns the data going to Google’s Drive service?

Here’s an excerpt from the CNet article sweeping the web at present:

“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).”
The last sentence makes all the difference. While these rights are limited to essentially making Google Drive better and to develop new services run by Google, the scope is not defined and could extend far further than one would expect.

 

Simply put: there’s no definitive boundary that keeps Google from using what it likes from what you upload to its service.

 

All that a side (and if you had any doubts about our services), any data stored on our platform provided by our clients’ remains theirs. We in no way transfer or seek any rights to ownership of this data. As has always been the case your data remains in Australian data centres on equipment owned and managed by us. Should you have any queries whatsoever about our services please don’t hesitate to contact us or jump through to our Cloud Services pages.

 

For the rest of the article, check out CNET – Who owns your files on Google Drive?.

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