I use it now for my tutoring and my youth theatre work and the CYT office uses shared docs to disseminate policies etc... So the 'virtual shared drive' aspect is mandatory for me now... but there are other kinds of virtual share spaces if you don't like google.
Thanks for sharing this, Chuck! Sounds scary. Based on stories I've heard, I'm sure folks in the US are running into variations of this, although hopefully less extreme. The stories just don't make it into the public sphere too much.