I was surprised to see a pretty big article in the Indian Express talking about Google’s GDrive. For those of you who still haven’t heard about it, GDrive is supposed to be google’s entry into the online file sharing business.
This news however, was not supposed to be released to the public, but as the story goes, a presentation made by Google for its investors on GDrive, got placed on Google’s investor site by mistake and was downloaded by many people and the news spread like wild fire – thanks to the blogger community.
The presentation, has since then, been taken off the site and Google has kept a “no comments” policy on the entire thing.
Anyways, the GDrive is to offer its users, unlimited file storage – including many different file formats.
I did some lookup and found out that GDrive was infact a product of a thrid party company which had created an app by which you could store files of a max size of 999 MB in your gmail account using their tool.
They even had the domain name (http://www.gdrive.com) registered with them.
The version 0.6 of the tool can be found at this site : http://www.puremango.co.uk/cm_gdrive_109.php
Now, the reason why I am posting this is that all this thing about gDrive and unlimited storage being awesome and all, does bring up the entire issue of privacy and security.
How many people will trust google with their files?
In recent events, the Bush administration had forced google into giving them (anonymous) data on user search patterns.
What if tomorrow (though this is very unlikely) they make them give them access to files and stuff? After all Google IS a U.S based company.
Google is slowly, but surely, growing bigger and bigger – and they are becoming for the internet, what microsoft is for the personal PCs today. Even as of now, Google is pretty respected – with millions of people trusting its search, email, Earth (Google Earth) and many other such services.
All it will take for all this to end is one teensy weensy mistake …
For my sake and everyone else’s, I hope that this never happens …