Lee sent me this article recently and I have to say I am a little shocked. http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/04/25/google-drive-cloud-storage-terms.html
Like many in education I make use of the Google suite of tools, for a long time Google documents and more recently Google drive. I suspect that like many people when it came to agreeing with the terms and conditions I just ticked the box and got on with it. I have to be honest, I am shock at what I have agreed to, and it makes me question what I would upload to google.
Here is the critical section for me:
“When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps). Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services.”
Concerned? I have some reservations about this. Essentially I have given google by default permission to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works, communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute my content and the license continues even if I stop using Googles Services.
As an educator trying to encourage my students to be appropriate ethical citizens in the both the real and digital world I struggle with this. I put my hand up for the primary mistake of not reading the terms and conditions, but this over the top.
If I was to try and draw a parallel to the real world I think it would be hiring a storage space and giving the owner of the facility or anyone he is associated with, his friends, business associates or anyone else he chooses – permission to ferret around in my stuff, use it when it suits them, the right to show to the public anything I have in the space (pictures, letters, drawings personal items) and distribute it as they see fit.
Hum, yes I think I have some concerns here. Google, I am not impressed!