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    Who officially owns the photos when using this service?


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    Quote Originally Posted by threelittlepigs:
    Photos on the computer hard drive, backed up onto two external drives. One of which is kept offsite. No worries.
    Same here!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    Same here!


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    Same here too, but more...
    Two copies on separate hard drives in HK, another in Australia, plus Google Photos backup

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    Privacy concerns? Don't use the product (and don't complain about it here please)
    I swear I've seen that exact quote in the Chinese government's official guidelines
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl:
    Cool that you managed to recover the photos for her, also curious why you didn't just send her off to Kroll or a company like that- spendy, but specialised in this kind of thing.
    The problem with data recovery solutions like Kroll is that they are mainly tailored to the business sector, so they charge an arm and a leg for their services. A 1TB hard disk, you're looking at $7k upwards, and then you have a problem with the end result as they just retrieve everything from the hard disk, and bang it all on another hard disk for you along with all the corrupted file names and all the crap you've ever stored on it, without any order.

    The time lapse photos was the killer, thousands of photos I had to get in the right order, with most of the meta data that was stored on the photos corrupted so there was no easy way to figure out the time order they were taken. I think I spent about 2 weeks of working late nights to get it into order, but I'm sure a few of the photos are out of place still.


    At home for physical storage, I have 3 more copies of my photos; a network drive, a backup of the network drive, and a backup of my Mac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoob:
    Who officially owns the photos when using this service?
    When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.


    Note also that according to Google spokespeople
    Google Photos will not use images or videos uploaded onto Google Photos commercially for any promotional purposes, unless we ask for the user's explicit permission.

    Ostensibly, the key aspect about all this is that the photos you upload onto Google are searchable. You can use search terms such as "babies", "cats", "weddings" etc and it will find those photos. Or you can select a photo of a person and it will find other photos of that same person, without needing to input names on search terms. They've been pretty explicit that they are sandboxing personal tagging, so if you start tagging people they will be searchable only within your photo album and not to anyone else's album.

    Ultimately the service isn't just about providing a photo backup. The idea is that you never lose photos among the thousands that you might have stored and can't find on your hard drives.

    They will monetise this by offering more targeted advertising to you, and that is what the terms are for. If you are the sort of person who is always taking photos of food, then you will probably see a lot more advertisements for restaurants. If you upload baby pics expect diaper adverts. As a trove of information the photos you upload will probably say a lot more about you than your search history or what you write in your Gmail.
    Last edited by greenmark; 30-05-2015 at 02:13 PM.
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