Someone Else Reads the Fine Print: Amazon Cloud Drive

amazon-cloud-drive-600x250In my presentation of Preservation is Forever, I discussed the fine print that was buried in the terms of service for many online photo services. These terms give online companies the right to delete your photos at any time or after one year, depending on the company. Recently ZDNet reviewed Amazon Cloud Drive and their terms of service in Is Amazon’s online storage really ‘unlimited’? Read the fine print. ZDNet highlighted many of the same restrictions:

  • Amazon limits the type of content you can store, such as file types they don’t support.
  • Amazon limits the number and type of devices you can use to access your files.
  • Amazon may suspend or restrict your account.
  • Amazon may impose other restrictions.
  • Amazon may delete or restrict access to your files if you don’t renew your service each year.

For more on Amazon’s cloud storage service, see Is Amazon’s $60 deal for unlimited cloud storage really worth it?

Note: I like Amazon Prime. It is a good deal, even without their cloud storage service


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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4 Responses to Someone Else Reads the Fine Print: Amazon Cloud Drive

  1. Cheryl Freye says:

    Mark, Can I share this with my customers?

  2. FancyRW says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Mark. I’m constantly trying to educate people about free photo storage. I didn’t realize that Amazon photo storage cost $60! (I obviously don’t use it). I’ll be sharing this article, too.

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