U-M Box and Google Drive: Ownership and Permissions


While both U-M Box and Google Drive are great for maintaining a shared document repository, ownership and permissions settings (including inheritance of these settings between top-level folders and their sub-folders) works very differently in each.

Definition of Cascading Ownership & Cascading Permissions

When changes to ownership (who owns the content) or permissions (collaborators and access levels) are made to a top-level (parent) folder, those changes are automatically applied to all content within the top-level folder, including any sub-folders.

  U-M Box Google Drive
Cascading ownership? Yes No
Cascading permissions? Yes Yes
Ownership and permissions settings Can be set on any folder Can be set on any file or folder
How is ownership set? Set at the top-level (parent) folder and is automatically applied to all (child) subfolders. Creator of each file/folder is automatically set as Owner. Ownership changes must be manually applied to each file.
When new content is uploaded to a subfolder, who is set as Owner? The Owner of the top-level folder automatically becomes the owner. The person who uploads the content is automatically the Owner.
Who can transfer ownership of a file/folder? Only the current Owner Only the current Owner
Changing permissions on subfolders/files Can be changed, but cannot be more restrictive than the permissions set at top-level folder. Can be changed as desired, regardless of the permissions set for top-level folder.
Last Updated: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016