You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.


Google does not claim ownership in any of your content, including any text, data, information, and files that you upload, share, or store in your Drive account. What Google's Terms of Service do is enable us to give you the services you want — so if you decide to share a document with someone, or want to open it on a different device, we can provide that functionality.

To sum it up:

  • You control who can access your files in Drive. Google does not share your files and data with others except as described in Privacy Policy. So, for example:
    • We will not change a Private document into a Public one;
    • We will not use a Private document for marketing or promotional campaigns;
    • We will keep your data only as long as you ask us to keep it.
  • You can take your data with you if you choose to stop using Google Drive.