Dropbox catapults to 25 million users; introduces changes to TOS

April 19, 2011 – 17:09 by in News Print Share One Comment

Worlds biggest file storage in a cloud service Dropbox has recently announced an update to it’s service terms and conditions, including an alteration when it comes to “Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement”. Even if this change to the condition is not something that will affect the majority of the people – unless you are suspected of doing something wrong – there is a vast of alternatives through all desktop and mobile platforms available.

“As set forth in our privacy policy, and in compliance with United States law, Dropbox cooperates with United States law enforcement when it receives valid legal process, which may require Dropbox to provide the contents of your private Dropbox,” Dropbox announcements says. Furthermore “In these cases, Dropbox will remove Dropbox’s encryption from the files before providing them to law enforcement.”

Looking at the facts the change aligns Dropbox’s terms and conditions with other online services such as Google Mail, Yahoo or Amazon and is a result of the rapid growth and loyal userbase: Officially launched in 2008, the service had a mere two million users in 2009 and nearly doubled to four million in 2010. In less than 6 months of the current year, Dropbox has been catapulted to more than 25 million registered users, who – according to official sources – upload an estimated 200.000.000 files every single day.

Consumer-facing contenders like SugarSync, SpiderOak, PogoPlug, Wuala or Amazon Cloud storage offer you up to 20GB of free space with a different portfolio of features and cross-plattform clients. However, the large number of unofficial Dropbox addons, alternatives to traditional forms of file transfer, such as FTP, HTTP-upload and e-mail attachments and the innovation and idea system makes Dropbox unique and outstanding.

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  • Stan Lee says:

    Google Docs is also a big contender. Use the Google Syncdocs plug in app and Google Docs works as a network drive.