Google Drive

Today Google announced that Google Docs would be changing to Google Drive (for Australians, at least). Back in May, The Australian reported that

Google Drive’s online storage terms and conditions are clouded.

and business owners and individuals pressed Google to change their terms and conditions. To date, this has not been done. The Australian article continues:

But businesses and individuals are being cautioned about storing files on Google Drive. Google says users own their data stored online and retain intellectual rights, but its terms and conditions say the company retains a right to use the information.

For individuals, it’s handy to be aware of the specifics of Google’s terms and conditions, including:

By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through Google services which are intended to be available to the members of the public, you grant Google a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, adapt, modify, publish and distribute such Content on Google services for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting Google services. Google reserves the right to syndicate Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through Google services and use that Content in connection with any service offered by Google.

Google has made itself pretty indispensable in the lives of many people and the question now is, can we live without them or shall we just wear their terms and conditions? Will the terms and conditions really affect us? Only time will tell.

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