31 Mar Google Drive For Work Gets Limits
IT administrators have been telling Google that they want to be able to limit how Google Drive files can be used. Now, Google is obliging.
Google eliminated storage limits for business customers using Google Drive for Work last summer. But unlimited storage isn’t enough.
Unlimited storage has become a common feature among online storage providers. Beyond Google, both Dropbox and Microsoft are offering unlimited online storage to business customers. Amazon began offering unlimited photo storage to Prime members last year, and recently expanded the scope of its largess to include all types of documents.
So Google is adding limits, not to storage capacity, but to the way its business customers can use the files stored in its data centers. Social networks may thrive by promoting heedless sharing, but businesses have to pay attention to how employees distribute information.
On Tuesday, Google said it plans to add sharing controls, alerts, and audit events to Google Drive for Work and Google For Education.
IT administrators have been telling Google that they want to be able to limit how Google Drive files can be used, explained Scott Johnston, director of product management for Google Drive, in a phone interview.
Soon, Google Apps administrators will be able to restrict sharing by department. Johnston explained that a company might want to prevent finance employees from sharing Google Drive files externally, yet allow public relations employees to do so.
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