Dropbox to move all user accounts outside North America to its Ireland Servers on June 1
I woke up today and saw a bunch of emails in my Inbox, and one of them was from Dropbox.
However to my disappointment, it wasn’t an invite to Dropbox Notes (Project Composer).
Dropbox is based in San Francisco, California, and operates under U.S Federal Laws. In order to better protect the privacy of its users, the company is moving away all of its user accounts and user data to its servers located in Ireland.
The change to the policy does not affect the services in anyway, and third party apps which have been authorized to use Dropbox will work without issues.
This is what the announcement reads:
If you’re a user living outside of North America (the United States, Canada, and Mexico), we’re updating our Terms of Service to better serve you and the growing number of Dropbox users around the world. These changes include the fact that we’ll be providing our services (including Dropbox, Dropbox for Business, Carousel, and Mailbox) to you via Dropbox Ireland.
The only change is in the user agreement, meaning that Dropbox, Inc (San Francisco) will continue to provide service for North American users.
All Dropbox services including Dropbox, Dropbox for Business, and its mobile Gallery app Carousel and email app Mailbox for Android and iOS devices will also be serviced by Dropbox Ireland and Dropbox Inc (U.S), depending on the region where the user is located.
You can read the full Terms of Services at the official webpage. This is the part which will pique your interest:
Thanks for using Dropbox! These terms of service (“Terms”) cover your use and access to our services, client software and websites (“Services”). If you reside outside of the United States of America, Canada and Mexico (“North America”) your agreement is with Dropbox Ireland, and if you reside in North America your agreement is with Dropbox, Inc.
Dropbox will be moving all user accounts outside the United States, Canada, and Mexico to its Ireland servers on June 1, 2015. However new user accounts and Pro upgrades from outside North America, will be serviced by Dropbox Ireland immediately.
If you are wondering why the company is doing this, it is because Ireland has the most relaxing privacy laws in Europe, and this is also the reason why Twitter recently moved its non-US accounts to its Ireland HQ. Even Facebook and Google have their European offices in Ireland for the same reason.