Sunday, July 3, 2011

The one with the new Dropbox ToS

On friday the dropbox users received an e-mail, it was kinda like this

Hi Elquemesiga,

We wanted to let you know that we've made some changes to the Dropbox Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Security Overview. We did this to make our policies easier to read and understand, and better reflect product improvements we've made to Dropbox. Please read about these changes in our blog post, and read the docs themselves:
We welcome feedback on the changes at Please note that by continuing to use Dropbox, you agree to our new TOS which will be effective on July 15th, 2011.

- The Dropbox Team

Short and to the point and with the sugar coating it did not need, that very day a bunch of asinine bloggers and several moronic twitter users started complaining, whining and saying they were gone to never come back to dropbox ever again.

One of my former students that is going to be a CS undergraduate in the near future and that now has a couple of iOS apps to his name reminded me of the ToS Changes so I read the three documents, and fer cryin' out loud, nothing new has happened, if you were paying attention to the Spideroak remarks about dropbox earlier this year. (Et tu dropbox?)

What dropbox has done is come out in the open and let the idiots that did not know that they would release information if law enforcing agencies required them to do so.
So, you can go to spider-oak (you can use one of the apps of said student) or you can encrypt on your side before you upload them to dropbox.

As I've stated time and time again, the only way to prevent your files from getting into the wrong hands is to never upload them.
My former student is a teenager, we can understand his visceral reactions, but then, what is it with you people?, you are already adults, and yet you repeat nonsensical ideas like those of the whiny bloggers.

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