Google Desktop May Violate Federal Regulations

“Google Desktop’s new search-across-computers feature could put sensitive data at risk and violate federal data-privacy regulations, say IT administrators at a public university and a large manufacturing company. Both are banning it from their networks.

“Last week, Google unveiled Google Desktop 3, a free, downloadable program that includes an option to let users search across multiple computers for files. To do that, the application automatically stores copies of files, for up to a month, on Google servers. From there, copies are transferred to the user’s other computers for archiving. The data is encrypted in transmission and while stored on Google servers.”

Elinor Mills. More Worries About Google Desktop 3. Feb. 15, 2006.


Tom Espiner. Google Admits Desktop Security Risk. Feb. 20, 2006.

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02/21/2006 at 08:42

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