Understanding the Privacy Policy of Cloud Storage Service

We upload both our personal files as well as work-related documents to the cloud storage. They may contain a personal photo, video, or important official documents. Besides, while using a cloud service, we need to provide personal details like name, email address, and contact details. The service provider may also have access to our contacts, device information, as well as the pattern of our usage. These all are valuable data, and many companies out there in the market are willing to pay millions of dollars to access these. Here comes the role of cloud privacy. This article will help you understand the significance of a clearly written privacy policy and what you should look for while reading the privacy policy uploaded by the cloud provider. 

What is Cloud Privacy Policy?

A cloud privacy policy is a contract between the cloud user and the service provider. It determines how the service provider can use your data and with whom they can share the data. It also mentions whether they will share the data with a third party under any unusual circumstances. 

Here it is relevant to mention that cloud security and cloud privacy are not the same. Cloud security protects your data from illegal access, whereas cloud privacy is more about defining the limits of legal access. 

You can find the privacy policy on the website of the concerned cloud provider. Usually, when you sign up for a service, it is assumed that you have read and agreed to their terms and conditions, as well as their privacy policy. However, most of us tend to avoid reading those complicated and long texts, and providers are well aware of that. Thus, providers who sell you data or use your data to earn money often make the text of privacy copy super complicated. However, they are obligated to provide some information, and that may require them to include some legal details.     

What to look for in a cloud privacy policy?   

Always read the privacy policy as well as the terms and conditions before signing up for a service. Make sure you understand it fully, and you have the consent. While looking at the privacy policy of the cloud provider, try to find out the following questions:

  • What information do they collect?
  • To whom do they share this information?
  • How will they use the information?
  • Where will the data be stored? 
  • How long will the data be retained if you decide to stop using the service?
  • How do they use cookies and other technologies?
  • Will you be notified if there is any change in the privacy policy?

When you have the answers to all these questions, you have a clear picture. If the privacy policy doesn’t answer these questions, feel free to reach out to the provider to make sure that you know all the crucial details.

Service providers may use your data for marketing and promotional communications. If you do not want to receive such emails, try to find out whether you are allowed to opt out.       

Blomp doesn’t sell your data to advertisers or other third parties. It collects your data to provide you with a seamless cloud experience. It complies with all the legal obligations and is committed to protecting your privacy. 

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