If this is true then Google are not merely scanning files for software fingerprints but are parsing them through ML and deciding what users are permitted to read. Absolutely disgraceful.

@sullybiker They straight up say as much in the TOS.

For Drive specifically: ""We may review content to determine whether it is illegal or violates our Program Policies, and we may remove or refuse to display content that we reasonably believe violates our policies or the law. But that does not necessarily mean that we review content, so please don’t assume that we do."



For Google in general: ""This license is for the limited purpose of...operating and improving the services...[and] includes using automated systems and algorithms to analyze your content...for spam, malware, and illegal content.

I'm willing to bet their document got caught in a false positive but the sentiment remains.

@PeteMoss I don't use it, but the potential of such broad license bothers me greatly, particularly the 'policies' bit, because that means whatever Google wants it to.

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