Terms of Service

    Published: 9th July 2020
    Effective Date: 9th July 2020
    Copyright 2020, Cubbit S.r.l.

    Thank you for using Cubbit, we're glad you have chosen to join the Cubbit Swarm!

    We encourage you to read this document carefully. If you sign up for a Cubbit account or use our Services, you agree to be bound to these Terms.

    General

    Cubbit is designed to store, synchronize, share files and collaborate using state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption, also having less environmental impact on our planet than traditional centralized cloud storage service providers.

    These Terms of Service (the "Terms") govern access to our websites, client software (the "Software"), and all technologies or functions (the "Services") developed by Cubbit S.r.l. (or we, or our), a company with registered office in Via della Zecca n. 1, 40121 - Bologna, Italy. You may access and be part of our distributed cloud in accordance with these Terms, with the End User Licence Agreement and with the Cubbit Privacy Policy.

    About Cubbit

    Cubbit is the first distributed and collaborative cloud service provider that works without big data centers: rather than operating from the outdated paradigm which relies solely on centralized proprietary servers, our mission is to build a global network of small servers in everybody's home or office, going beyond the limits of the traditional cloud.

    We do not put your files in one single basket. Our software intelligently distributes data, with a new, efficient and secure algorithm. Every file is encrypted, split into several chunks and distributed over a peer-to-peer network that we have called the Swarm (see our Technology page to know more).

    The nodes in this network are the Cubbit Cells, the devices we designed to enable the connection to the Swarm through your home internet router.

    How Cubbit works

    After installing the Software on your personal device, you will be asked to create a Cubbit account using your name, email, a complex password and a recovery secret code or sentence.

    THE CUBBIT CELL SHOULD STAY CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET VIA YOUR ROUTER IN ORDER TO WORK. IF YOUR CUBBIT CELL STAYS DISCONNECTED FOR A PERIOD OF MORE THAN 30 DAYS, ALL THE FILES YOU HAVE STORED UP UNTIL THAT TIME WILL BE REMOVED. IF YOU ARE IN POSSESSION OF 2 OR MORE CUBBIT CELLS, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY OFFLINE CELL NOTIFICATIONS.

    If you notice that your Cubbit Cell or Software is experiencing issues or is not working properly, please promptly contact our SST through the Help Page by opening a technical support ticket.

    Confidentiality and Security

    End-to-end Encryption: Before the upload, every file is encrypted with an AES-256 key (a military-grade protocol used by the US government to protect top-secret files) that is randomly generated client-side and added to the user’s keychain. This keychain is then encrypted by a key generated from the user’s password before being saved on the coordinator server. As a result, according to our knowledge and the current state-of-the-art, it is mathematically impossible for us or anyone who has not been authorized to decrypt or invert your encrypted files.

     

    Zero Knowledge: WE DON’T HAVE A RECORD OF THE USER’S PASSWORD. THIS MEANS THAT ONLY YOU HAVE THE KEY TO DECRYPT AND ACCESS YOUR OWN FILES. WE RECOMMEND YOU KEEP IT SAFE

    This also means that there is no way for us to recover your password if lost. However, you can reset your password by correctly typing the secret code or phrase you set when you created your Cubbit account.

     

    DISCLAIMER: IN CASE OF LOSS OF BOTH YOUR PASSWORD AND THE RECOVERY PHRASE, YOUR DATA WILL NO LONGER BE ACCESSIBLE OR RECOVERABLE.

     

    Multiple Cubbit Cell Connections

    Users, through the option on the Software, can claim additional Cubbit Cells, in order to increase the storage space available to their account.

    Your Rights Over Your Content

    Your content: You are the owner of the content of the files stored within the Cubbit space and the only one who maintains access to and control over them, which also means that you retain all intellectual property rights over them. Before uploading or sharing any new content, make sure you have all the rights you need to do so and that the content is legal and does not affect the rights of other users or third parties.

    Limited Permission: Users grant Cubbit limited rights over their data and service (meta)-data, which are necessary to provide the Services in accordance with these Terms.

    Sharing and Collaborating

    Sharing with link: Users who want to share files or folders may generate two different types of links, as follows:

    • Public link: allows access to anyone and allows also the direct exchange of files between Cubbit users.
    • Private link: allows access to the file to anyone who has the link and is in possession of the self-generated decryption key. The software generates a custom encryption key for every single file that users want to share externally, so you can be sure that only the recipient of the file - who has the decryption key - actually has access to it. Users can generate a link with an integrated encryption key or a separate key.

    Sharing folders: When sharing a folder, remember that everything in it will be shared as well. The people with whom you will share the folder will receive an app notification and/or an email with the invitation to accept the collaboration and the role and privileges assigned to them.

    For example:

    • Owner: is the one who creates the folder. The owner can transfer the ownership, but can not be deleted and lose the rights to the folder and is the only one who can delete the folder for everyone.
    • Admin: is the one who has the most extensive privileges, can appoint other administrators as well and can delete the folder for all other participants (except the Owner).
    • Editor: can modify the content of the folder (delete and upload files, etc...), can invite users and delete them (except admin and owner).
    • Viewer: can only access the folder.

    Cubbit Cell Storage Capacity

    Your Storage Space: So far, Cubbit Cells have storage capacities available to users of either 512GB or 1TB depending on the device version purchased.

    Additional Storage Space: However, the Cubbit Cell contains an additional storage space, not available to you (equal to that available to you, i.e. 512GB or 1TB) which has the dual function of allowing data redundancy and supporting the stability and sustainability of the Cubbit distributed cloud network.

     

    How Our Services Will Remain Forever Free to You

    Our vision is to provide our community of users, who also own one or more functioning and connected Cubbit Cells, with a unique, reliable, stable, up-to-date and free service forever.

    FOR SUCH PURPOSES, BY ACCEPTING THESE TERMS, YOU UNDERSTAND, ACKNOWLEDGE AND EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT CUBBIT MAY USE THE ADDITIONAL STORAGE SPACE LOCATED WITHIN YOUR CUBBIT CELL, AND NOT USED BY YOU, INCLUDING YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION BANDWIDTH, TO SUPPORT THE CUBBIT DISTRIBUTED CLOUD NETWORK AND TO OFFER ADDITIONAL PAID SERVICES TO THIRD PARTIES.

    Green Commitment

    When using Cubbit, you can check at any time the amount of CO2 saved compared to using a cloud service based on centralized data centers.

    Every 4 TB stored on Cubbit instead of traditional cloud service providers saves the equivalent of the carbon footprint of a refrigerator (~350 kWh/year).

    All this information can be found in our Green Paper at this link.

    Assignment

    Once accepted, these Terms, or any right or obligation under this agreement, may not be assigned or transferred without our prior written consent.

    We shall also not be entitled to assign these Terms without giving you prior notice. However, Cubbit may freely assign its rights and obligations under this agreement in its entirety to an affiliate or in connection with a reorganization, merger, acquisition or sale of our assets, provided that such successor agrees to perform Cubbit's obligations under these Terms.

    Applicable Law and Jurisdiction

    If you are a consumer living in European Economic Area or Switzerland: the laws and courts of your country of residence will apply to any dispute arising out of or relating to these Terms.

     

    In all other cases these Terms will be governed by and interpreted by Italian law and  any controversy concerning the validity, execution and interpretation will be referred to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Bologna (Italy).

     

    If for any reason a competent judge considers that one or more clauses or parts of this licence are not applicable, the remaining part will remain fully effective.

    Modifications

    We may revise these Terms from time to time to better reflect:

    (a) improvements or enhancements made to our Software;

    (b) new regulatory requirements, or

    (c) changes in legislation.

    If an update affects your use of the Services or your legal rights as a user of our Software, we’ll notify you prior to the update's effective date by sending an email to the email address associated with your account or via an in-product notification

    Updates

    Here you can browse the archive of previous versions of our Terms of Service

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