Dropbox at U-M

Dropbox at U-M is a cloud file storage option that provides automatic back-up and is readily accessible from any device.

Dropbox at U-M includes:

  • all of the core features (storage, anytime/anywhere access to files, secure sharing, and more).
  • advanced data protections (version history and file recovery, advanced sharing permissions, password protection, granular permissions, and more).
  • advanced collaboration and productivity tools (Dropbox Paper, file locking, commenting, Dropbox badge, and more).
Dropbox at U-M does not include Dropbox Teams at this time, but we are working on implementing this feature and it will become available in a future iteration. We will notify the university community when Dropbox Teams becomes available at U-M.

Sensitive Data with Dropbox

U-M's agreement with Dropbox includes a Business Associate Agreement (BAA), which means you may use it to maintain Protected Health Information (PHI) regulated by HIPAA. HIPAA compliance is a shared responsibility. You are expected to comply with HIPAA requirements in your use of Dropbox at U-M. For details and a list of sensitive data types permitted for use with Dropbox, see Sensitive Data Guide: Dropbox at U-M.

Dropbox allows you to synchronize data in the cloud and on your devices. If you store and synchronize data in locations other than the Dropbox cloud storage, you will also need to follow any sensitive data restrictions for the devices and storage locations to which you synchronize. Smart Sync allows you to choose folders that are cloud only. See How to use selective sync for instructions on making any folders with sensitive data cloud only.