I am with you Brian
The idea that by storing documents, videos, etc, with them i give them copyright and performance rights on the material and all derivative works including adaptions and translations is ridiculously onerous.
And my hackles always rise when people say they wouldn't use the legalities. The only response can be "well cross those terms and conditions out then."
In fact you have said enough for me to start using an alternative search engine to Google.
Which one would you recommend?
While I have found good replacements for most Google products, search is still the one I find I cannot stop using. Bing is the closest, but SO far behind. Please someone relieve us of the Google stranglehold...
Not too long ago, google was my hero. I admire their off the wall research projects like autonomous vehicles and such, but I became uncomfortable with them as soon as they started google+. A line has been crossed. That was an indication to me that they were drifting away from their roots (don't be evil) and taking the first steps to morphing into an evil empire. Now, for them to have the audacity to ask everyone to legally turn over all their data in exchange for some storage space is beyond insanity. That's like your neighbor offering to store your car for free in his garage if you give him the car! I don't think so. My data is not for sale, and I'm certainly not giving it away for free in exchange for some storage space that I don't even need. I've had experience with unacceptable terms before with credit cards. I closed the accounts so as not to continue to feed the beast. You can only ignore usage terms as long as they're reasonable and nobody tries to take advantage of them. That time has obviously now past.
If any google drive users find the terms unacceptable, may I suggest uploading a 5G file (the maximum limit) containing absolute random garbage to insure you're getting a fair exchange for conveying all your rights to google.
I always get put off by excessive hype, and excessively lemming-like behavior of consumers, resulting from that hype. It's really annoying to see people being so happy to behave like sheep.
Google has certainly benefitted from said hype. My regular search engine has been Webcrawler, for many years now.
Is it a rule of life? That most of people and therefore, institutions deviate from the original target or goal... is "don't do evil" lost?
It is perhaps the need to earn the force behind the deviation.
After all Google, as cool as it is/was, is still a company which has to profit. Of course, doesn't mean anyway they can is alright.