Complain Filed Against Dropbox
The complain that has recently been filed with the Federal Trade Commission is closely related to the intention of Dropbox and its file sharing services to mislead customers in relation to security as well as privacy, considering their files.
The company is becoming rather popular as it numbers about 25 million registered users. Seems that the services related to online backup and file synchronization are pretty much demanded.
The issue actually concerns the company’s terms of services. They state that all the files are stored and inaccessible without using a password of a user account. Moreover they are all encrypted with AES-256 which insures the high level of security. As a result of the study, it seems that Dropbox uses the so-called “deduplication” when a customer first uploads a file.
So, if you start uploading a file, the system of Dropbox searches for other files like this one and if it finds one, Dropbox just links the file to the existing one. But one of the most popular researchers in the sphere of security and privacy, Christopher Soghoian, states that the process of deduplication is not really secure as uploading a new file. But the deduplication saves much space and provides other benefits.