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Google says privacy change won't affect government users

Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

Google today dismissed concerns by a former senior federal IT official that the company's controversial new privacy policy would create problems for customers of Google Apps for Government (GAFG).

Google: New policy doesn’t supersede enterprise, government contracts

Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

Google has clarified that its new, unified privacy policy would have no effect on enterprise and government contracts, reinforcing that individual contracts trump the company’s general policy.

Google Privacy Changes Attract New Scrutiny From Hill

Juliana Gruenwald, National Journal,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

A bipartisan group of House Energy and Commerce members asked Google on Thursday to explain why it plans to start tracking users and collecting information about them across all the company's products. "As an Internet giant, Google has a responsibility to protect the privacy of its users," the eight lawmakers wrote Google CEO Larry Page. "Therefore, we are writing to learn why Google feels that these changes are necessary, and what steps are being taken to ensure protection of consumers' privacy rights."

Google's New Privacy Policy Won't Apply to Government Workers

John P. Mello, Jr., PC World,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

Google’s has clarified its new privacy policy to say that it will not apply to government workers. The announcement came after Google was criticized by SafeGov.org, an independent watchdog. Google had hailed its new policy as a boon for its users. But the changes, which allow it to combine information about users pulled from the entire range of its online products, raise serious privacy concerns for government users of Google's apps, two SafeGov experts, Jeff Gould and Karen Evans, declared in a statement.

Defense board issues cloud recommendations, warnings

Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Defense Department advisory board has issued a report making recommendations for DOD’s move to cloud computing and data center consolidation, among them suggestions to strengthen governance, to coordinate strategies better across the department and to act decisively.

Google privacy change sparks concern

David Perera, FierceGovernment,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

Compulsory changes in Google's privacy policy for consumers, announced by the company Jan. 24, got a quick reaction from government experts, who warned their application in Google Apps for Government could jeopardize government information.

Google move alarms privacy hawks

Brooks Boliek, Politico,  Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Google’s decision to aggregate its users’ full portfolio of personal data — from their search queries and Gmail messages to the YouTube videos they watch — is quickly becoming a flash point for lawmakers and privacy experts.

Google's new privacy policy raises new worries for feds

Alice Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week,  Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Following Google’s announcement of sweeping changes to its privacy policies on Jan. 24, concerns are being raised about possible user profiling and access to user information that could affect federal agencies and employees. For example, a privacy watchdog is cautioning that there may be implications for Google’s role as a vendor of cloud email, Android mobile solutions and identity management services to federal agencies.

Google's new privacy policy a potential issue for government customers

Surat Lozowick, TheNextWeb,  Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Google’s announcement of new privacy policies yesterday made headlines, with the company introducing a new simplified policy covering the majority of its services. The new policy means users’ privacy will be handled the same across Google’s many products instead of separately for each. Brad McCarty took a generally favorable look at the changes, but not everyone was happy with the way it allows Google to use information from your activities on one service to customize the results or advertising on another.

NIST tackles security, privacy issues in cloud computing

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has finalized its first set of guidelines for managing security and privacy issues in cloud computing."Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing," Special Publication 800-144, provides an overview of the security and privacy challenges facing public cloud computing, NIST officials said.