Level C, Evaluated cloud services
The service is created and maintained by a third party. As a rule, no support is provided for the use of the service.
Any material or discussions intended for Aalto University members only shall not be processed using C level services.
Keep in mind that public cloud services often disclose information to third parties, and may also claim ownership of the information or change licence terms and conditions without informing its users of the changes.
If the service use involves:
(1) processing of personal data, (2) processing of secret material, (3) processing of bank details, (4) administration requirements, (5) requirements for 24/7 usability, (6) licences, (7) costs, (8) a large number of users, (9) several units
always contact the account managers.
Dropbox supports several platforms, such as Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, and some other mobile platforms.
Please note that the service is primarily intended for consumer use. As there is no support for the service, information cannot be recovered in case when a specific person is enable to log in to the service in case of an illness etc. Thus, there is a risk of losing a considerable amount of information.
Terms of Service
Dropbox folders linked to a desktop computer client will contain copies of the uploaded files. Dropbox applies encryption to the files after they have been uploaded and manages the encryption keys but users who wish to manage their own encryption keys and/or increase the level of security can apply encryption before placing files in their Dropbox. A possible encryption service is Boxcryptor. Other possible options are Truecrypt, GNU-Pgp or 7zip + AES encryption. When encrypting files before uploading them, some Dropbox features will not be available, such as creating public links.
+ The user reserves the ownership to the uploaded files and information
+ Dropbox does not have the right to use the uploaded files and information except when it is needed to run the service
+ Dropbox provides the users with a transparency report regrading user information requests by law enforcement at https://www.dropbox.com/transparency
+ A "freemium" business model. Basic version of the service is free-of-charge while more space can be purchased for a fee.
+ Dropbox does not sell personal information regarding the use to third parties.
+/- When monitoring the use of the service Dropbox uses Google Analytics. Kindly note opting-out is available at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en
- Dropbox collects a large amount of personal information regarding the users (e.g.log data, such as IP address, browser type, the web page visited before the user came to the website, cookies)
- Dropbox may correlate log data and cookies with personal information
- There have been information security problems with the service
With a service registration
Funet FileSender, Google Drive, OneDrive (for Business)