At least three cloud storage services have made the head of Internet users this week. The Google finally introduced Google Drive, free service that synchronizes files between the company’s servers and the user’s computer. Likewise, the Microsoft SkyDrive gained a unique application for this type of synchronization between machines and cloud.
In turn, the Dropbox announced that any file in any folder could be shared with the world through public links – in addition, the company debuted a quick preview of files before actually download them feature that did not previously exist.
With so many storage offerings (find out which is the best) in the cloud it seems that Internet users are urged to send their files to a third company, responsible for keeping copies and leave everything equal between the PCs and the web, blurring the boundary between what it is yours and is on your machine with what is yours, but is on another machine.
Perhaps the biggest concern for many is the privacy and data security. All companies claim to take the greatest possible care, although it is exempt of any responsibility if the files are lost. Already the question of who owns the files remains quite controversial.
I talked to Sergio White, Professor of Law degree course at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, on the subject in question. The teacher, master and doctorate in Civil Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), commented on the terms of service of Google, Microsoft and Dropbox considering that the current Brazilian legislation – albeit lame – provides.
– What draws attention is the license to provide for the reproduction, modification, display, distribute and create derivative works. We interpret this as absurd. Many of these files were created by the user. It is unbelievable that this condition stating the terms of service.
According to Sergio White, specifically the Google terms try to give peace of mind when it comes to user privacy by stating that the user “retain ownership of any intellectual property rights” in files sent by him. However, the document goes to the opposite direction to the book to Google so many permissions.
The situation is repeated in terms of Microsoft’s SkyDrive service. Contained in document the user to “grant Microsoft the right to use, modify, adapt, reproduce, distribute and display content posted on the service,” even if it be given “only to the extent necessary to provide the service.”
The biggest problem is due to the wording of the text, according to teacher who teaches the “Legal Agreements” and “Law, Language and Interpretation” the foundation. For most companies have no interest in lay claim to the files, in theory and in relation to the term of service say they can do it.
Sergio White suggests that the wording of the use of commitments received to include a phrase similar to “whenever I express clearly this way” .google, Microsoft and similar should also include in applications and web service interface to a box in which the user marks authorizing, for example, to share a file with other contacts, opening document privacy hand so that others gain access to it.
– So would the right of the author ball. You upload and says if you want and how you want the company to handle your files.
It is highly unlikely that the Internet companies use the data without your consent. Still, Sergio White teacher’s explanation to show that, from a legal point of view, this possibility exists.
– Not the case to be desperate or close the account in these services. But I’d be careful with what I say to the servers of these companies.
Professor Sergio White points out that lack laws that apply specifically to the internet environment or complement the current in order to guide the Brazilian internet. White says it’s high time we clarified what are the rights and duties of those who use the internet. The United States has shown that the way may be contrary to what society expects, referring to bills that often come to the US Congress trying to regulate the network.