Is Google Drive stealing all your stuff?

27 April 2012

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.

google drive terms

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?

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TOPICS:   Technology   Gadgets


  • RazorD
    Yes. Google need those rights to operate the service. Everyone is ignoring Google's privacy policy, another legal document which says an awful lot more about what protection you have, including them asking permission if they ever do want to use anything. The extracts from SkyDrive and Dropbox are also misleading, and they both contain similar clauses in other places in the document. The overall point is that storing your data in any of these services needs to be thought about, but they're never going to do anything evil, it'd be commercial suicide.
  • The P.
    Google are an American company and they're cool, I'd have them in my restaurant rather than you pointless Brits.
  • Happy U.
    @ The Place.... You dick!
  • Steve
    Do I believe them? No more or less than Microsoft, Dropbox etc. Probably a little more than crApple though!
  • Britain R.
    @ The Place .....Take a good look around your own country before you have a go at ours,you moron.Now,get back down whichever hole you just crawedl out off,you prick !!!!
  • TrollHunter
    @The Place and everyone replying - He's trolling, don't respond to it. People like that only post this stuff for the reaction. If that's his honest opinion then that's good, means he won't ever come to Britain and annoy us by asking stupid questions like "do you know James, he's from Manchester?" to people from the other side of the country...

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