The sharing and storage of sensitive data online, requires certain precautions. The conditions vary from one service provider to another and this also involves the confidentiality and security of your data. What are the criteria? What conditions apply to popular solutions like Dropbox, Box.com and Google Drive?
- Check in the TOS for information about the ownership of hosted data.
- Pay close attention to the laws of the country where the servers hosting the data are located.
- Opt for services integrating encryption protocols for the transfer of files (client - server)
Dropbox uses the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) infrastructure for the storage of data (including files/shared documents ) .
These are stored on multiple localized servers in the United States .
- with third party applications connected to Dropbox (requires the prior consent of the user),
- with various service (maintenance, management databases) and business partners,
- with other third parties if this is necessary, in order "to enforce a law or regulation (in the case the United States), respond to a court order, or to protect the property rights of Dropbox".
A Dropbox account can be deleted here
: Note that backup versions of files may remain after deletion.
For any questions concerning the processing of personal data, Dropbox can be reached here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dropbox adheres to the principles of confidentiality established in the "Safe Harbor" program developed by the Ministry of Commerce of the United States of America in cooperation with the European Commission: http://export.gov/safeharbor/eu/eg_main_018476.asp
- During the transfer of data between the Dropbox clients/applications and remote file servers, a 256-bit SSL (Secure Sockets Layer ) encryption is used.
- The files are then encrypted using AES-256 .
- Dropbox also offers two-factor authentication .
Box.com is a UK based service.
The storage and processing of personal information and content is made in:
- United States
- in other countries via the U.S subsidiary.
Box.com may share personal information with:
- Vendors, consultants and other service providers
- third-party applications
- business users
Box Inc. also adheres to the principles of confidentiality of the "Safe Harbor" program.
- Confidential information (credit card number, password ) required by Box.com when subscribing to the service (free/pro) is protected by SSL (Secured Socket Layer).
- SSL encryption is also used during the transfer of data and then files are encrypted using AES 256 bits encryption
- Box.com offers a two-factor authentication.
Data is stored in data centers located in:
- The United States
- Europe ( Finland, Belgium, Dublin )
- Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan)