Just as I was beginning to warm up to certain kinds of cloud computing comes news of Google Docs’ “privacy blunder”. Google has sent a notice to a number of users notifying them that it may have inadvertently shared some of their documents with contacts who were never granted access to them. Jason Kincaid writes in TechCrunch:
According to the notice, this sharing was limited to people “with whom you, or a collaborator with sharing rights, had previously shared a document” – a vague statement that sounds like it could add up to quite a few people. The notice states that only text documents and presentations are affected, not spreadsheets, and provides links to each of the user’s documents that may have been shared in error.
Needless to say, information security and privacy is probably one of the biggest concerns for most organizations when considering a move to cloud services. I point this out not only because it’s Google’s security lapse today, but as we continue to move to more cloud-based services with different vendors, the possibility of such security incidents occurring with other service providers cannot be ignored.
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