Google Security & Privacy Concerns

In Fall 2011, CFCC acquired and implemented Google Apps for Education.  The primary  application utilized is the email accounts that serve as the school email for students.  However, all faculty, staff, and students not only have access to its email service but other Google Applications such as Google Docs (the productivity suite), Calendar, and Sites.

A reoccurring theme seems to pop up whenever discussions begin in regards to the benefits of storing files and information in the “cloud”.   Security and Privacy.  With some legitimate concern, Google has long been plagued with the Big Brother syndrome.  They are watching our every move and selling our information to advertisers.

This is not the case when we refer to Google Apps for Education.  Google’s Security Privacy Policy clearly states in reference to its users:

  • It’s your content, not ours. Your Apps content belongs to your school, or individual users at your school. Not Google.
  • We don’t look at your content. Google employees will only access content that you store on Apps when an administrator from your domain grants Google employees explicit permission to do so for troubleshooting.
  • We don’t share your content. Google does not share personal information with advertisers or other 3rd parties without your consent.
  • We sometimes scan content. And for very good reasons, like spam filtering, anti-virus protection, or malware detection. Our systems scan content to make Apps work better for users, enabling unique functionality like powerful search in Gmail and Google Docs. This is completely automated and involves no humans.

As far as security goes, Google goes to great lengths to protect our information.  Law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and other higher ed institutions use Google Apps to store their files and information.

Google Apps Security Whitepaper

Another thing to consider- to access your Google Apps associated with CFCC, you have to be logged into the MyCFCC portal. Think about it…

Still not convinced?  Take a virtual tour of one of Google’s Data Centers

Or, for the more “interactive” approach, visit the Story of Send where Google takes through the entire process of sending an email.

Give Google a chance, it might just change your life–for the better.