The issue is not Google Drive's features but lack of trust in Google | Everything Else | Forum
May 15, 2012
Brooks, I love your work and the clarity and depth of the information you are constantly presenting about going paperless. Keep up the great work!
In your post today about Google Drive you state that you are not going to discuss the privacy issues. But I think that in the case of Google a clear-eyed discussion of privacy is always needed to analyze any of their services.
The idea of giving Google and its advertisers any kind of unauthorized access to information stored on my Google Drive just chills me to the bone. Have they said clearly anywhere that they are NOT going to scan the entire contents of my Google Drive and use it as they see fit? And the OCR capability you reviewed today gives them even more potential ability to access my data. In my mind the whole unpleasant "Street View Wifi Drive-by" information theft scheme they pursued in Europe proves their untrustworthiness.
I have a client who has been a happy and satisfied user of iDisk, which he uses to store legal and other business records. I need to switch him over to another reliable cloud service before the end of June. Even if Google Drive had three times the useable features, a tenth of the cost, and 100 times more stability than Dropbox, I could not in good conscience recommend Google Drive to him.
Why? Because the real world motivations and behavior of a company are just as important as the products and services they offer. My problem with Google Drive is not the feature list but my growing lack of trust in Google as a company. Dropbox, Apple, and many other product/software companies with whom I do business consider me a valued customer. Google considers me a valuable product to sell their advertisers.
Hi baw, I hear you. I didn't get into the privacy/Googliness stuff just because it has been written about so much.
You are definitely not alone choosing not to have your stuff stored on Google Drive and I don't blame you.
As for what you are looking for, I have heard Box.net is good so check that out if you haven't already.
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