Hopefully you do, but have you read the terms and conditions to be sure?

Some of the terms of service of the more well known cloud service and cloud storage providers may surprise you.

Most services (including Google) scan your personal storage and feed that into their advertising system, so that the content in your Google Drive influences what ads you see.  This is called “data mining”. And even while most services claim that you continue to own your data stored on their services, in most cases their T&Cs make you grant them the perpetual (and usually worldwide and irrevocable) right to hold on to a copy of your data even if you quit their services for them “operating, promoting and improving” its services as well as to “develop new ones” (that example from Google).

Most services require you to grant them “worldwide, irrevocable” licences for any content you upload to them. That’s as good as them owning a copy of all your stuff, too.

We take a different approach. Our terms of use clearly define that we don’t share your data with anyone unless you tick the “Share” box on that file or folder. And while we keep backup copies of things you delete, that’s the only reason we keep them – as backups, which forms part of our disaster recovery service. And we will only go in there if we need to in the rare case of disaster recovery, or in order to restore services to you, or under your instructions.

If you buy a SiriusCloud account and later decide to discontinue it, all sharing stops and the only remaining copies of your data are on our backups. These stay here because it’s difficult to separate out a single user’s data and purge it from our backups while being 100% confident of keeping other customer data backups intact, but that’s the only set of copies of your data that are left behind, and they will expire after about two years.

And our storage systems are all located within New Zealand so stay within New Zealand law.

This is so you know exactly what’s happening with your data.

This article was originally published on our old website in September 2015.