Circling back on Dropbox

Because a couple of years ago we unpacked, in a post here and in a follow-up post, the details in that devil of an iteration of legal terms of service from Dropbox - a version that had users worrying that the company would mine their uploaded files for nefarious corporate purpose - I thought we should circle back and formally acknowledge that Dropbox has (again) received high marks from a famous, progressive privacy watchdog, the EFF.

Here's a link to a new, 2013 iteration of the EFF report, "Who Has Your Back: Which companies help protect your data from government?"

Dropbox gets five stars out of a possible six. Only Twitter and Sonic.net score better.

Dropbox icon(True, I'm comparing an apple and orange here. The ToS flap was over how Dropbox might monetize user content. The EFF report is about actions and policies Dropbox takes and follows with respect to government demands or requests for user content. Not the same thing.)

And here's a personal endorsement.

I get a lot of mileage out of Dropbox. It's a terrific service, and so far they haven't asked a thing of me, not even to expose myself to ads. So far, when I've hit my storage limit, I take that as an occasion to cull folders and big files I no longer need.

Thanks to Ken Priore for a tweet that gave the heads up.


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