Google Drive racing against The Cloud

PC world offers the best chart comparison on all of the online storage elements which exist these days, including the brand new Google Drive.

At work we embraced Dropbox until they changed their license agreement and stated they owned whatever we put in our Dropbox. Umm if we want to share research and collaborate with each other then we sure as heck do not want anyone else being privy to the data.Of course Dropbox went back on that and rewrote their terms of agreement after all the humbug. “”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.”

Well, Google Drive is no different and thus I do not feel it will be widely used at least in higher education.

Google Drive statement: “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.”

I don’t like the idea of my data being distributed beyond my control. So in terms of using cloud storage you always need to keep that in mind. I have nothing to hide personally and I don’t store information which could defame anyone or put me or my family at risk, so it isn’t a personal worry. But professionally you don’t want your grants or research information to be in an insecure place.

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