robzilla - 12:35 pm on Apr 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
The problem with reading these terms in light of Google Drive alone is that not all of it applies to that one service. Collectively, they apply also to Google+, YouTube, Maps, Translate and all other services (except Apps). Even so, I can imagine that there will be situations in which it makes sense for Google to retain your Drive data even after you've closed your account. Think of the ability to share content with others. You upload a document to Drive, then you share it with another Drive user. Your content now sits in two accounts. If you close your own account, should Google delete your shared content from the other account?