Dropbox has been around long enough that you see it used in a variety of situations, sharing recipes, press releases and holiday snaps, all perfectly reasonable scenarios. Unfortunately you also see it used as an alternative to SFTP in business, as some clients and executives are less afraid of the pretty blue colours than they are of the folder lists and text that FTP programs present.
This can present a security problem and possible legal risk as the terms and conditions Dropbox sets may not exactly match what you and your client agreed to. Case and point today is the news that many users were gifted with a trip down memory lane as files deleted from Dropbox years ago suddenly made a reappearance. Dropbox states in their retention policy that files which are deleted should be unrecoverable after 30 days but it seems we have more proof that the Cloud never truly forgets. Think back to what you, or people you know, might have shared on Dropbox and consider it coming back to haunt you a decade down the line before you upload. You can follow the links from [H]ard|OCP back to the initial forum report and Dropbox's response.
"This article is merely entertaining if you stay within the headline, but it becomes disturbing once you get into the story and realize that Dropbox’s policy is to keep deleted files only for 30 days. Ever the cynic, I will go ahead and consider the possibility that the file hosting service has been consciously keeping files around forever."
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