Would you trust your data with Google Drive?
Google finally unveiled its Google Drive service last week, offering 5 gigabytes of free storage space to users on Windows, Mac and Android devices. An upgrade to 25GB of storage is available for $2.49 per month, or you can get 100GB of storage for $4.99 per month.
As I wrote last week, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Drive is no "me-too" online storage service, given the immense resources that Google has at hand, as well as Drive's breadth of integration with other Google services.
Though my Google Drive has since been activated--I got a free 25GB upgrade due to my previously upgraded Gmail account--a couple of concerns have kept me from using it so far.
Security of online data storage
The main risk of storing data online, of course, is the danger of a security breach resulting in leaked personal data. And before you decry the impossibility of this, consider that it has happened with at least one well-known online data storage vendor. Dropbox suffered multiple security lapses that we reported on last year, including at least one instance in which Dropbox accounts were left completely unprotected for four hours.
Do you trust Google?
The other problem is even less tangible and relates to the terms of service attached to Google Drive. Strangely, the TOS for end users stipulates the right for Google to "communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content"--which are terms not mirrored in the TOS for Google Apps for Business. Would you really trust Google with such a broad license to your data? Moreover, Google has always made it clear that it would comply with U.S. law and legal processes, further muddying the waters for non-U.S. citizens using the service.
I'm curious to hear about the response from our readers: Do you trust Google to keep your data secure? And if yes, what type of data will you store (or not) on Google Drive? Feel free to chime in with a comment below, a tweet or an email. - Paul Mah (Twitter @paulmah)