You'd better read the fine print
if you use Google and value your data.
What you put on Google nominally remains yours.
But, owing to it's contract - Google apparently can legally do what it likes with any of your information!!!.
Lest you missed the fine print, here are a couple of relevant segments.
"Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content."...
"This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps)."
There's more on this here.
Something to bear in mind in relation to this is that Google has a huge installation at the NASA Ames Research Centre, Moffet Federal Airfield - and is working with NASA using NASA's new quantum computing supercomputer laboratory (QAIL). The QAIL quantum supercomputer will be used to look at problems such as: machine learning, web search and speech recognition.
The quantum supercomputer being used by NASA/Google is similar to the one owned by military contractor USC-Lockheed Martin (which is used for government work.)
- Are you wondering how the NSA can crack encryption and access not only personal emails, medical information and banking information etc?
- Between in-house and contracted supercomputing capability - there is likely very little information beyond the reach of the US government and Google
- The Echelon Dictionary data analyzer is likely to be superseded by a "Q" type Quantum Dictionary.
It likely won't be long before it is learned that Google is using quantum technology to vigorously data mine information uploaded to it. This is a worry, given Google has legally laid claim to the right to do what it likes to content uploaded to its servers by its customers.
While Google will in all likelihood be looking for financial benefits in the data it uploads - it is worth remembering:
What's yours is apparently effectively Google's; and
Google and the US government are like peas in a pod.
- Be very careful before you put anything on Google that is of potential economic value or is highly confidential.
- Be wary of "Cloud" computing.