What do Google’s Terms of Service mean for the files I upload to Google Drive?

As our Terms of Service state, “You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.”

We do not claim ownership in any of your content, including any text, data, information, and files that you upload, share, or store in your Drive account. What our Terms of Service do is enable us to give you the services you want — so if you decide to share a document with someone, or want to open it on a different device, we can provide that functionality.

To sum it up:

  • You control who can access your files in Drive. We will not share your files and data with others except as described in our Privacy Policy. So, for example:
    • We will not change a Private document into a Public one;
    • We will not use a Private document for marketing or promotional campaigns;
    • We will keep your data only as long as you ask us to keep it.
  • You can take your data with you if you choose to stop using Google Drive.