The Devil Is In The Details. Is Google’s Drive just another Faustian app?
by Stan Faryna
Google’s new cloud-based online storage service, Google Drive, is yet another Faustian app by any other name. By uploading content to Google Drive, you grant Google a irrevocable license to use your stuff – even after you stop using Drive.
Robert Johnson, Crossroads
Here’s the fine print from Google.
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).
Compare Google’s terms to those of Dropbox:
By using our Services you provide us with information, files, and folders that you submit to Dropbox (together, “your stuff”). You retain full ownership to your stuff. We don’t claim any ownership to any of it. These Terms do not grant us any rights to your stuff or intellectual property except for the limited rights that are needed to run the Services, as explained below.
Will you dance with the Devil?
What others are saying about Google Drive:
Google Officially Launches Google Drive by Emily Price (Mashable)
What You Need To Know About The New Dropbox Challenger (Huffington Post)
Google clones Dropbox: lock, stock, and privacy gaffe by Ed Bott (ZDNet)
Google Outs Google Drive On Its French Blog by Frederic Lardinois (Techcrunch)
Google Drive Could Be Huge by Rob Koplowitz (Forrester)
How far does Google Drive’s terms go in ‘owning’ your files? by Zach Whittaker (ZDNet)
25 April 2012
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