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Confusion Over Terms of Service Continues

ONLINE PRIVACY

April 27, 2012

Reports about how Google's terms of service will apply to its newly launched Google Drive are revealing confusion over ways in which the company will be able to use content stored with the service. While some report that Google's general terms of service say the company can "communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute" the content, others point to a paragraph in the terms stating, "You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold...In short, what belongs to you stays yours." A report in The Washington Post compares the privacy policies of similar services, noting that "Google's terms are pretty much the same as anyone else's and slightly better in some cases." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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