Responding to user feedback, Dropbox has revised its terms of service to make it more clear to users how it uses your data.The company received a lot of criticism after it updated its ToS to say it will hand over files to the government if asked, even though that’s complying with U.S. law.
Dropbox says it did its best to strip the “legalese” from its ToS. In a blog post, the company broke down the changes. Here’s the gist:
- Dropbox will encrypt files for you, but you are more than welcome to use third-party encryption tools if you want. However, the ToS says: “We may retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.”
- You own all your files, and Dropbox will ask permission when you want to create public folders or share files.
- If United States law enforcement provides a legal request for a user’s data, Dropbox will comply and decrypt the files and hand them over. They are required to do this by U.S. law.
- If you close your account, Dropbox will do its best to delete your data ASAP. However, there are times it can’t delete data.
- Dropbox logs personal information such as your country, operating system, and the hardware you’re using in order to provide better service.
- Files shared on mobile devices are encrypted. However, not all mobile devices allow encrypted streaming.
Kudos to Dropbox for being transparent and honest with its users.