Google has updated the terms of service for its Google Drive cloud storage service. The search engine giant announced in a blog post that it will soon start restricting access to files that it believes are in violation of company policies. Google has stated that active steps will be taken to identify such files in the near future.
According to Google’s new terms of service or program standards, files that are deemed to be infringing will be marked by their owner and automatically banned from being shared with other users. This means that only the owners will be able to access them, and they will be closed to the rest of the world. According to Google, this move will assist ensure that file owners are notified about the status of their files and that other users are protected from inappropriate information. According to Google, the policy change was implemented in order to protect its services from abuse. Content from cybercriminals, such as malware, hate speech, sexually explicit papers, and files that could be detrimental to children, are among the files labeled as inappropriate. “This will assist guarantee that owners of Google Drive items are fully informed of the status of their content, as well as ensuring that users are protected from abusive content,” the company explained.
When Google receives information of a potential policy infringement in its cloud system, the content of the file will be evaluated by the business’s specialists, according to the firm. Finally, as mentioned in the policy paper, “restricting access to the content; removing the content, and limiting or terminating a user’s access to Google products” may be taken. While utilizing the online storage Google Drive, users are recommended to avoid all forms of violation. “We need to curb abuses that endanger our capacity to deliver these services,” the policy statement states, “and we urge that everyone adhere by our policies to assist us achieve this aim.”
Experts are concerned that the new terms of service or program policy could inadvertently affect users since Google has not clearly defined the methodology for detecting information that is considered unsuitable. We can all agree that limiting the distribution of unlawful content on Google Drive, whether it’s pirated content or something far worse like child sexual abuse photos, is a good idea, but some of the criteria need to be clarified. However, the search engine giant has set up a review procedure for individuals who believe it is unjust that their files would be unavailable.
“Google Drive is continually working to defend the security and safety of our users and society while always respecting privacy,” according to the corporation. Bringing these same protections to Google Drive is crucial in ensuring Drive remains as safe as possible for all users, similar to how Gmail has long kept users safe from phishing and malware assaults.”