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About Google Drive

Google Drive provides a single place to store, access, create, edit, and share documents, files, and folders of all types. When you create new documents from Google Drive, you typically create online Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.  Google Drive is a single place to manage all your files.

Google Drive


Google Drive security is based on the security of your Google Account, to which it is tied. BC students use Google Drive under BC's Google Apps for Edu agreement. Faculty and staff usage is personal and not covered by a BC agreement at this time. The security of BC data needs to be taken into consideration by all community members.

Google does not encrypt files stored on its servers and takes no responsibility if your uploaded file has been compromised or tampered with. You can use third-party tools like the open-source TrueCrypt to scramble files before uploading, but Google execs have said that encrypting files on Google's servers would prevent features like Google Drive's OCR engine from being able to scan them.  Additionally, users would not be able to preview files within Drive's Web app.


Google Drive Guidelines

Google Drive should be used only as a tool of convenience for sharing and storing files that do not contain Boston College information that is regulated, restricted, confidential, or personally identifiable. All information that falls in those categories must be maintained in a system that is owned and managed by Boston College, or a system whose owner is under strict legal contract with the University to do so.