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Google Drive will be blocking files soon. What you need to know about the new cloud storage policy changes

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Google Drive will be blocking files soon. What you need to know about the new cloud storage policy changes
Google Drive is introducing new cloud storage guidelines. In the future, the service will block files that violate company policy.

Google is committed to fighting the dissemination of information that violates the Terms of Service. If such files exist in the local storage, they will be flagged and restricted in distribution. So, their owner will not be able to share data with other users, and there will be no link access.

Google Drive will be blocking files soon. What you need to know about the new cloud storage policy changes


Malicious files include programs with viruses, content that incites hatred in one form or another, as well as explicit photographs. An exception to the last point will be nudity for educational, scientific and artistic purposes.

The check will be carried out first by special algorithms, and then by Google employees. Having studied the reports, specialists will decide for themselves what to do in certain situations. In some cases, they will have the authority to restrict access or delete files, as well as block the user.

If a violation is identified, the owner of the malicious content will be notified by email from Google. The restrictions can be appealed. The function will be launched at the end of the year.

Why is this needed?

Google cites universal security as arguments, as well as awareness of the content owner about the status of the content of the files and the protection of users from unwanted information.



Meanwhile, a number of experts have expressed concerns about the company's new policy. So, they believe that the criteria for determining prohibited content are described very vaguely, which can lead to the ban of safe files. On the other hand, the user can always appeal.
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