Google has announced security enhancements for Google Drive, as it reveals that the cloud-based service now boasts over one million paying users, including organisations such as The New York Times, Fossil and Uber Technologies.
Google Drive, which currently costs £6.60 per user per month for unlimited storage, now touts a number of security updates including password recovery options, information rights management (IRM), new sharing controls and audit alerts.
The service now features enhanced eDiscovery options for Google Apps Vault, the archive and search option, which will make it easier for customers to ensure they are complying with data retention laws.
Scott Johnston, director of product management at Google Drive, said the security updates will be rolled out over the next few months.
"The same retention policies and legal hold capabilities currently available for email and chat have been extended to cover files in Google Drive," he explained.
"These capabilities help you meet your legal obligations and ensure that employee files are archived and available as long as needed, even if employees delete those files from their Drive."
Johnston also outlined a number of new privacy updates for the service.
"We're furthering our commitment to protect your data by adding the new ISO/IEC 27018 privacy standard to our compliance framework," he said.
"This audit validates our privacy practices and contractual commitments to our customers, verifying for example that we don't use your data for advertising, that the data that you entrust with us remains yours and that we provide you with tools to delete and export your data."
ISO/IEC 27018 is a code of practice for the protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds and has been implemented by businesses, private companies, government entities, and not-for-profit organisations.
Furthermore, Google has announced improvements to how Google Mobile integrates with its full range of cloud-based services.
"With mobile device and application management, you can monitor usage, enforce strong passwords and enable device encryption. If an employee phone is lost or stolen, you can wipe all the data. Or if an employee leaves the company, you can selectively wipe corporate data while leaving personal data untouched," said Johnston.
Google, which also offers users 15GB of free cloud storage spread across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google photos, faces stiff competition from the likes of Box, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive in the cloud services market.
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