Is Google Drive stealing all your stuff?
Google is, once again, getting hauled over hot coals over rights to your data. This time, Google Drive is coming under fire after everyone became suspicious over trusting them with our personal documents, photos and such, concerning the new online storage service.
After Google unveiled Drive, something in the t&cs leapt out at everyone, notably, a legal clause that appear to suggest that any content stored in Google Drive automatically becomes Google Inc.'s intellectual property. In comparison with Dropbox and Microsoft's SkyDrive, things didn't look good.
And there it is. Anyone uploading or submitting content to Google Drive will grant Google "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."
Google have said that we shouldn't worry because they need rights to our data to "host, store (and) reproduce" the files. So, for example, if someone uses Google's services in China and collaborates on something in Mandarin with someone in Warsaw who only speaks Polish, Google needs the rights for "translations, adaptations or other changes" to allow the two people to work in different languages and make revisions. Apparently, Google even need to retain permission to "publicly perform" or "publicly display" content such as someone watching a video or pulling up a text file at an Internet cafe.
"Our terms of service enable us to give you the services you want - so if you decide to share a document with someone, or open it on a different device, you can," Google said in a statement on Wednesday. "Some of our services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours."
Do you believe them?