Thursday, July 7, 2011

DropBox revises TOS to stop user backlash

DropBox has become an industry standard for online file storage, mostly for people who want to backup their files online for access on multiple PCs. But recently it got some backlash from users when Terms of Service of site showed that DropBox had rights over files of users.

But now DropBox has issued a clarification over their blog that people have misunderstood legal terminology and now they have revised Terms of service in simple language to curtail the issue people had with its TOS. t DropBox state that they only have as much right over the files of users as are legally required to share and host their files and to show thumbnails and previews of documents to users. The creative usage rights of files as well as ownership still belong to users themselves. Here is the complete clarification issued on Dropbox blog:

…By using our Services you provide us with information, files, and folders that you submit to Dropbox (together, “your stuff”). You retain full ownership to your stuff. We don’t claim any ownership to any of it. These Terms do not grant us any rights to your stuff or intellectual property except for the limited rights that are needed to run the Services, as explained below.

We may need your permission to do things you ask us to do with your stuff, for example, hosting your files, or sharing them at your direction. This includes product features visible to you, for example, image thumbnails or document previews. It also includes design choices we make to technically administer our Services, for example, how we redundantly backup data to keep it safe. You give us the permissions we need to do those things solely to provide the Services. This permission also extends to trusted third parties we work with to provide the Services, for example Amazon, which provides our storage space (again, only to provide the Services).

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