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admin2 On September - 6 - 2012

There has been a big hoopla about Amazon’s Glacier offering of 1 penny per gigabyte per month. It is an affordable, almost unbeatable offer for consumers who are looking for affordable storage. But there is a price to pay and the price can be found in Amazon’s fine print.

To spare readers from combing through Amazon’s lengthy legal agreement, here’s the interesting bit Amazon is hoping consumers won’t notice. Amazon reserves the right to look at your files. They don’t need your permission to do so, and they don’t even have to let you know they’re going to. Amazon can go through all your documents without anything to stop them, once you begin to upload your files.

OK, it’s no big deal, right? But it is if you have uploaded very private or valuable documents.

And there’s more. Amazon can share your files with other people or entities. They can use and pass on your information at any time for any purpose, without your knowledge or permission. Is that OK with you?

No big deal, you think? You’ll just delete all the private and valuable files you’ve already uploaded. Except Amazon can keep all the files you delete.

Once you upload data with Amazon, your data is their data — theirs to keep, to share, to use as they see fit. If you need to see the fine print here it is:

“5.2. Our Right to Access Your Files. You give us the right to access, retain, use and disclose your account information and Your Files: to provide you with technical support and address technical issues; to investigate compliance with the terms of this Agreement, enforce the terms of this Agreement and protect the Service and its users from fraud or security threats; or as we determine is necessary to provide the Service or comply with applicable law.”

Amazon has added the fluff about technical support and security threats, but the grist of it is you are giving them the right to access, retain, use and disclose your files. All for a penny per gigabyte per month. Are you OK with that?

If you aren’t, CollectionMine is a smart alternative.

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