Saturday, June 5, 2010

Google Coming Clean (?)

With all the news of Facebook's privacy issues, Google does not want to be in the same boat. They already have recieved some bad press with the news that they were gathering unsecured WiFi information during their street view data collection process. In attempt to put this faux pas behind them, they are complying with a request from the from the governments of France, Germany and Spain to turn over the data they collected. Let's hope they hand in everything they collected. And even if so, what will happen with it and what can those governments do to Google? Hefty fines and a slap on the wrist? I just hope this sends a message to Google that they are being closely watched and they cannot do anything they want with Internet data.

Coincidentally (I think not!), Google is releasing a paper explaining its corporate security strategy. Entitled Security Whitepaper: Google Apps Messaging and Collaboration Products, the paper describes the company's corporate security policies, organizational and operational security, asset classification, control practices, personnel, physical and environmental security, access control, systems development and maintenance, and disaster recovery efforts.

One thing I can say about Google, their PR with regards to privacy is better than Facebook's poor response to a similar issue. With Google complying with the European countries' requests and making their security strategy (supposedly) transparent, does that make you feel better? Not me! I think? I think Google will continue to make attempts to control everything Internet until the day that the Internet is renamed - GoogleNet!

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