Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ve probably heard about the Google Docs glitch that locked users out of their accounts. This latest security issues further underscores the fact that users’ do not have full control over their data.
Users reported being locked out of their accounts for violating Google’s Terms of Service, when in fact they hadn’t. As New York Times reporter, Maya Salam, points out in her article, Google Docs Glitch That Locked Out Users Underscores Privacy Concerns, “The alerts were caused by a glitch, but they served as a stark reminder that not much is truly private in the cloud.”
Salam went on to quote Rachael Bale, a reporter for National Geographic’s Wildlife Watch, whose tweets became recognized after she, herself, was locked out a document of a story she was working on. “Obviously this is raising questions in a lot of people’s minds about the level of surveillance in internet tools, like cloud-based tools.”
Has anyone had @googledocs lock you out of a doc before? My draft of a story about wildlife crime was just frozen for violating their TOS.
— Rachael Bale (@Rachael_Bale) October 31, 2017
The moral of this story? Keep your data to yourself. ownCloud offers customers the software and support to create their very own private, on-premises cloud. No more wondering where your data is stored or who may have unauthorized access to your sensitive information. With ownCloud, IT is able to maintain full control over all of your company’s confidential documents, knowing exactly where the data is at all times and deciding who may or may not have access to certain documents and folders. You won’t be locked out of your files because you create your own Terms and Conditions. And because your files are stored completely on your own servers, there is peace of mind that your data is safe and will not be surveilled; you take your privacy into your own hands.
Check out this video to learn more about why on-premises is the best option, especially when using ownCloud: