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Google’s Dark Cloud

Even if your business does not use Google applications – even if you intend not to use Google applications – Google’s new privacy policy and terms of use could give Google scary rights to your content.  Any business with employees who may use Google (which is to say, any business) is at risk for: public disclosure of confidential information; loss of rights to proprietary materials and intellectual property; and actions employees take even when unauthorized or against company policy. Google’s new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, scheduled to take effect March 1, 2012, have gotten a fair amount of press.  You’ll see why if you click through to Google’s “Policies & Principles” page.  There, Google brags about their “new policy” that “covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.” The desire for beauty and simplicity may be one driver…

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