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Critics Say Terms of Service Allow for Lack of Privacy


April 27, 2012

The New York Times reports on concerns about Google's recently released online storage service, Google Drive. The service offers free storage of documents, pictures and video, among other data, and critics say that under Google's “one-size-fits-all” terms of service, the company can use the stored content for its own purposes. A Google representative, however, said the company doesn't "take personal information and use it in a way that we don't represent to the user,” and the company’s terms state, “You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold…In short, what belongs to you stays yours.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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