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Cloud based storage in the business sector - do you read the Terms of Service (TOS)?

This is my personal opinion only...

My question is... why are Google, Facebook, Drop box and the like not held accountable for government regulations for unowned data they store for businesses? Don't these online businesses make a profit selling data? Don't they make a profit providing space in the cyber field? Don't they encourage businesses to take advantage of their questionable secured services? They all scream TRUST ME while they rack in millions of dollars and all they can offer in their privacy and service terms is that they will hold their employees accountable for lost/stolen data by possibly slapping them on the hands and saying... don't do that again? while a business person may serve jail time, and spend hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in legalities when all they did was TRUST them?

My greatest concern is that cloud based storage like Dropbox and Goodle Drive to mention a few, seem to lack the legal accountability of being responsible for HIPPA and other costly government regulations as are other businesses that deal with sensitive information.

So many vendors and contracted staff are working on Information Systems project management tasks where they need to share data files and private information and use these public sites as their storage place to share the information with external sources involved in the project. This may invlove sharing data files containing financial or patient care or other sensitive data. This is a  huge risks to any bsuiness sector that is held accountable for such data.

Have you read the Terms of Service of these sites?

Google Drive Terms of Service entry...

Your Content in our Services. 

Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.
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.
You can find more information about how Google uses and stores content in the privacy policy or additional terms for particular Services. If you submit feedback or suggestions about our Services, we may use your feedback or suggestions without obligation to you.

Business uses of our Services.
If you are using our Services on beh

alf of a business, that business accepts these terms. It will hold harmless and indemnify Google and its affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from any claim, suit or action arising from or related to the use of the Services or violation of these terms, including any liability or expense arising from claims, losses, damages, suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys’ fees.

Does Google understand that businesses are using their sites for their business tools and that some of these contacts are not aware of the government data regulations or simply not educated to the reality risk of security online.

People are far to trusting and any business should be running their businesses on pins and needles because of that ignorance and lack of accountability for which they have no control over

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