I don't fear Google. Or Microsoft. Or DropBox. Or.....

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Google has today revealed, officially, Google Drive. And as usual, the privacy "experts" are claiming that Google will mine your data, yet Microsoft or any other cloud company won’t. Why? Because Google makes most of their money from ads. So this must mean that they sell your information. Well, that’s just wrong. It is.

Here is a quote from the Google TOS from 2011:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services

And this is for the Microsoft TOS from 2011:

You understand that Microsoft may need, and you hereby grant Microsoft the right, to use, modify, adapt, reproduce, distribute, and display content posted on the service solely to the extent necessary to provide the service.

Clearly, they are basically the same. Yet clearly, nobody will ever believe that. Because Google is evil and Microsoft is perfect.

My main message: they’re both businesses, but they both don’t steal your data.