This is the initial thought of anyone with enough free time to read the terms of service for the new ‘Google Drive’ Service.
Google Drive is the newest entry into the cloud storage war. You start out with 5GB free of charge. The official description is “on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just…there. Ready to go, ready to share. Get started with 5 GB free.”
Sounds great, and there are some other cool features too like the ability to open 30+ file types in your browser (regardless of whats installed on your computer) and the chance to collaborate on your work with colleagues.
Still sounds great? …hold on there… here is the catch in the TOS.
“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.”
This basically means (for example) that by uploading your detailed schematic of your world changing invention you have given it to Google. That schematic becomes Googles schematic and they can use it however they want and there is nothing you can do about it..not cool.
I am not sure if this is going to be changed as I am sure that some people (especially those with data that may have a resell value) will be put off by the rules Google have put in place.
Is this a trust or privacy issue? I don’t really think so seeing as they haven’t hidden the fact that they might dip into/share your data and by using the service you are accepting this. I would say the security of your data (when in the mits of Google) sits somewhere between stored safely on your encrypted hard drive and printed on the back of a park bench.