You are in error sir. What you state is not always the case. Samsung in their infinite wisdom has decided to enable this behavior without the user opting in or permission given. If you want to argue that the purchase of the Galaxy Tab 2 is a form of opting in, I hope to see the legal world set you and Samsung correct on this.
It wasn't until over 20 images of our family and children were uploaded to the Google Cloud before we noticed this happening, because it was maxing out our Internet connection preventing Netflix from working. I am sure glad we are not on a metered data plan, yet another avenue for Samsung or Google go get into legal trouble over enabling this obnoxious feature by default.
An option should be optional by default and not enabled without knowledge or consent.
Now that we have disabled Google Sync, the pictures are no longer being uploaded.
The bad is that my wife's Google Calendar is no longer being synchronized to the web site. Apparently, you can't have one without the other, unless you select to manually sync the calendar each time after making a change.
This is all part of a growing corporate evilness with Google - they will be the next galactic empire, a title currently being held by Microsoft.