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Online Piracy and Cloud Storage

Google Drive may scan its users' contents after an expose by security agencies that it is being used for piracy.

Online Piracy through Google Drive


It has been brought to the notice of Google that pirates are storing all their stuff on the cloud storage space offered as Drive. Trends suggest people uploading illegal music, videos, software etc to Google Drive. After uploading them to Google Drive, pirates are sharing them using links.

Earlier, it was easier to get pirates by scanning the Internet. Since services like Google Drive, Onedrive, and Dropbox are secure storage systems, cyber police cannot scan them without warrant. Pirates are taking advantage of this feature and are using Drive storage to upload and distribute illegal content.

The terms and conditions of almost all cloud storage services have a clause asking users to refrain from uploading what they don't own. But since it cannot be ascertained if the files on cloud or legitimate or not unless searched explicitly, it becomes hard for cloud storage providers to scan and isolate pirates.
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Arun Kumar

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