Google announced a new security policy for Drive, its cloud storage service, which will soon begin to restrict access to files deemed to violate company policies.
The Mountain View-based company explained in a new blog post that it will take active steps to identify files hosted on its platform that violate its terms of service or abuse program policies.
If Google detects one of these illegal files it will review them and take action such as “how to restrict access to content, remove content, and limit or terminate a user’s access to Google products. ”
Once access to these files is restricted, they can no longer be shared with other people and access will be removed from all users except the original owner.
According to Google, the reason for the policy change is to protect against abuse of its services. These files that will be limited include malware, those containing hate speech, sexually explicit documents and files that can be potentially dangerous for children.
“Just as Gmail has long kept users safe from phishing and malware attacks, bringing these same protections to Google Drive is critical to ensuring that Drive remains as secure as possible for all users,” the company reported. to TechRadar.
This new layer of protection “will help ensure that owners of Google Drive items are fully informed about the status of their content” while helping to “ensure that users are protected against abusive content.”
The main problem that Google faces with this new measure is being able to classify as illegal a file in Drive that is completely legitimate.
Changes in cookies
The company is also evaluating changes to its cookie policies. This is to comply with privacy rules after being sanctioned in France with a fine of 150 million euros (about 170 million dollars) because the procedures for rejecting your “cookies” are clearly more complex than for accepting them.
In a reaction to the sanction announced Thursday by the National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms (CNIL, the body in charge of overseeing digital activity), a spokesman for the US internet giant noted that “citizens trust that we respect your right to privacy and we keep them safe. “
“We are aware of our responsibility to protect that trust and we are committed to introducing further changes and to working actively with the CNIL in light of this decision within the framework of the directive on electronic privacy,” he added.
The company did not give further details on what these changes will consist of, beyond insisting that it will review the decision of the French body and its indications on the consent of “cookies” to comply with it.
The CNIL, which also imposed another 60 million euros (about $ 75 million) fine on Facebook on Thursday for complications so that your customers reject “cookies”, justified the amounts of these penalties in the first place by the high number of people affected.
Also due to the “considerable benefits” that these two groups achieve with targeted advertising thanks to the information obtained through “cookies” on the use of the internet by customers.
The CNIL gave them three months to correct the situation and guarantee the internet user freedom of consent. Otherwise, they are exposed to an additional fine of 100,000 euros for each day of delay.