I have written about the benefits and challenges of cloud storage in recent times. One of the issues involved is that of your rights as a user. The truth is that when you put your files on someone’s servers, you waive certain rights.
All these cloud services have terms and conditions that limit your rights on the stuff that you upload, and you should check them out. You never know. You might just be violating some of them.
Here is an excerpt from a news story by WMPowerUser
Dutch user ‘WingsOfFury’ had uploaded 9 GB of content, and suddenly found his Windows Live account suspended, meaning he lost access to his Hotmail, Xbox Live, could not purchase apps and could of course not upload anything to SkyDrive.
After contact with Microsoft support he found out that his account was blocked because there was a folder on his SkyDrive that contained content which was not allowed by the code of conduct of Microsoft SkyDrive. The folder was a private folder, not shared to anyone else.
For all the benefits of cloud storage, the truth is that it is not your hard drive. It is space on someone else’s hard drive. That person has the right to determine what is appropriate or otherwise on their server. They also have a right to snoop through the stuff that you put up there.
Even where your files are all legitimate and legal, that is scary. It is one of the reasons why I stick stubbornly to devices with mass storage features. Only absolutely essential files ever go into cloud storage at my end. The rest – my documents, music, videos, and pictures all stay offline on my own hard drives.
Have you checked out your cloud provider’s terms and conditions? What are your thoughts on the subject? Do share.
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