Google Photos the most popular cloud storage provider out there. For far too long, companies like Google have abused their position and violated their users’ privacy. Recent events have highlighted the problems that their business models can create. Protecting their users’ privacy conflicts with their business model, which is to use your data in order to serve you targeted ads. That’s why these companies collect more data than what is actually needed.
Google is a US-based company. The United States (unlike Europe, where companies like Tresorit, pCloud, or Internxt are based), is known for its aggressive privacy violations. “The Cloud Act, signed into law in March 2018, is an Act to provide trans-border access to communications data in law enforcement investigations. The Act’s history begins with a privacy dispute between Microsoft and the U.S. government, a case in US Supreme Court which concerns whether law enforcement can access communications content under current U.S. law”.
Google is also closed-source and doesn’t feature client-side encryption. Unfortunately, Google is one of the worst companies in terms of privacy. Like many others we will discuss, they provide no privacy for the user.
Internxt built Photos with the vision of creating the photo cloud storage service which presented the user with total control, security, and privacy of their files. Unlike Google Photos, Internxt features zero-knowledge encryption, meaning that only you can truly access your files. Unlike with traditional providers, with Internxt, files are uploaded and client-side encrypted, so only you hold the decryption key of these. Additionally, Internxt Photos architecture fragments your files before encrypting them, so a server never holds a whole file, but instead, an encrypted shard of it, which only you are able to decrypt.
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