Google just can’t get anything right these days. Their licensing agreements and total disregard for privacy have put them on the defensive, and yet still they are not learning from their mistakes. Their latest problem is with Google Drive, a service whereby they host your documents for you. As soon as I heard this my immediate reaction was – no way. They are the last company in the world that I would trust with my data. I know they will scan and use that data for their own devices and pass that information around the parts of their company to help them maximize their sales. If they think they are paying me enough by providing me with free storage they are very much mistaken.
I read today that some of my beliefs are totally founded. In the agreement, you have to grant Google "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."
Now Google denies that there is anything to be scared of here, saying it is only so they can provide some of their services to you, but at the same time, I have given Google legal rights way beyond what they need. There is nothing in writing that protects me, the consumer, and says that we, Google promise to never use your data for our own benefit! Until they do, they continue to be the “evil empire” in my eyes and I will not use their services in any way that I can avoid.
A few years ago we were woken up to the fact that we have to pay attention to what executives are paid, and the kinds of benefits they receive. It is time for consumers to wake up to the reality that our rights are not being protected online and the legal garbage these companies are creating should not be tolerated. Now this situation is no different than agreements you have already signed with Google, that is if you use YouTube, gmail or any of their other services.
I could never get behind the occupy Wall street movement, but I sure could get behind an occupy the Internet movement and Google would be in my cross hairs.
What do you think? Do you care what these companies get away with?
Brian Bailey – keeping you covered
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