Not really. Google is always keen to comply with government data requests since they have big contracts with dozens of governments around the world which they would rather not lose. Now, if you have a great front door but an open window next to it youre not very secure, are you?
If I understand correctly that folder is simply not syncd to the cloud, meaning the contents stay only on your device. Be mindful that google can see anything you store in google photos, except said secure folder but thats simply because its contents arent being uploaded to their servers
Those dont exist in a vacuum, theyre often intertwined. If personal sensitive data is not private and its whereabouts unknown, then by definition its also not secure.
Now, whos mixing up things? From Google’s viewpoint the data they hold is perfectly secure, they know who theyre sharing it with and do so mostly on their terms, theyre not being hacked on the daily for sure. From a user’s perspective its a whole different story
As mentioned, you can look up all the nonsense that is going on at the moment here in Portugal. All due to whatapp chats courtesy of google’s drive
I dont think I ever got personal or disrespectful. If some nuance in the tone of my comments has bothered you, my apologies. Ill leave it up to you whether its in keeping with the spirit of the rules of this forum to call out people for some discoursive nuance you find disagreeable when theyre writing you in a language thats foreign to them: “Please avoid: Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content” - FAQ - Privacy Guides
You can use basically any cloud storage if you encrypt your data first, e.g. with Cryptomator. This way they only get some limited metadata, e.g. when you uploaded, from where etc. If that’s important to you too you can use Tor or a VPN.
I use Storj as my main cloud storage that I sync everything to. It’s a decentralized cloud storage which both the client and server side codes are open sourced. All your files are encrypted and split across many nodes. Also, you don’t lose the ability to share your file with others via the web interface.