Originally Posted by Lorin Schultz
So, taking the thread back a closer to the original topic:
My wife and I decided yesterday that we should look into cloud backup for her ~250GB photo library since an earthquake or fire would take out not only her primary storage but the backup too, since they're both in the house. We didn't get into exhaustive research because a cursory look was all it took for us to decide that, at least until we see what larger plans from Apple cost when they announce them, Google Drive is a no-brainer. $10/month for a TB? That's roughly the same price as 200GB from Amazon and a measly 50GB from Apple (again, at current rates).
I get the privacy concerns, but honestly, what are they gonna glean from a big stack of photos? The pics have squat for metadata -- no geo, no tags -- so unless they're going to do some heavy face recognition I don't think we're revealing anything that could adversely affect us. At least not any more so than with any other third-party storage solution.
I'm a little late with this reply, but if you think google isn't doing "heavy face recognition", you haven't been following along.
All the way back in 2010 Eric Schmidt famously said: “Show us 14 photos of yourself and we can identify who you are. You think you don’t have 14 photos of yourself on the internet? You’ve got Facebook photos!”
for this and various other memorable quotes.
That was in 2010. How good do you think they are now?
Here's another question: you say that your pics have squat for metadata. First, are you quite sure about that? Do both you and your wife take zero
photos with your phones? Unless you've taken active steps to disable and/or remove metadata from those photos, it's there. Second, once you get dependent on these services, it's hard to break out. Will your next camera have WiFi or geo-tagging built in and turned on by default? Will you be able to disable them? Will you remember a year from now that you didn't want your 3rd party data mining storage provider to have that info?
People on the street have little concept of how deeply data mining companies are reaching to extract information about who you are, where you are, what you do, etc. It's their lifeblood and it's worth $Billions to them. Did you take some photos with a famous landmark in the background? You're geo-tracked. Okay, that's easy. But realize that at this point virtually every major building's facade, every famous skyline, etc. has been photographed by not just amateurs uploading their photos, but by professionals gathering that data for more advanced mapping, ie. StreetView and other such applications. If you take a photo and these things are in the background, bingo, it's been geotagged. I'm not sure how good they are at this yet, but they are working on it, and frankly my knowledge of what they're doing is usually at least months behind, so my guess is they're already getting pretty good at this.
For everyone: You may be one of those that don't care about being tracked around like animals wherever you go, and that's fully your choice. But please, please, if you have kids, DO NOT make that choice for them by uploading pictures of them. They do not yet have the ability to understand the issues, and you're not giving them a chance to make that decision for themselves when they are old enough to understand.