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Consumer Watchdog Calls On Government To Suspend Contracts For Google’s “Cloud” Services in Wake of Disclosures Internet Giant Misrepresented Products

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Monday, April 11, 2011

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Consumer Watchdog Calls On Government To Suspend Contracts For Google’s “Cloud” Services in Wake of Disclosures Internet Giant Misrepresented Products

SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on the federal government to suspend any contracts with Google to provide so-called “cloud computing” services after it was revealed the Internet giant misrepresented the security of those services.

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Is Apps for Government Ready for Prime Time?

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Is Apps for Government Ready for Prime Time?

Google received U.S. government security certification for its Apps for Government products on this week, a milestone for the search giant whose quest for government cloud computing contracts has been marred by its failure to meet deadlines for converting the City of Los Angeles email system.

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Google blows deadline for Los Angeles email switch; can’t meet LAPD needs

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Monday, July 26, 2010

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Google blows deadline for Los Angeles email switch; can’t meet LAPD needs

Google has blown the deadline to move the City of Los Angeles' email system and other applications to the Internet Giant's highly-touted cloud computing system because it hasn't been able to meet the security requirements of Los Angeles Police Department.

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Google Misses Deadline for L.A. City E-mail System

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

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Google Inc. has missed the deadline on its high-profile contract to take over Los Angeles' e-mail system, leaving nearly 20,000 city employees on an aging system that the city is paying the Internet search giant $7.25 million to replace.

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Consumer Watchdog Repeats Request for Google Wi-Spy Hearing In Congressional Testimony About Federal Use of Web 2.0 Technology

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Consumer Watchdog Repeats Request for Google Wi-Spy Hearing In Congressional Testimony About Federal Use of Web 2.0 Technology

WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Advocate John M. Simpson today repeated Consumer Watchdog’s call for Congressional hearings into the Google Wi-Spy scandal during testimony about federal agency use of Web 2.0 technology. The hearing was before the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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Google exec tries hard sell on cloud computing

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

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Google exec tries hard sell on cloud computing

Google’s campaign for federal government cloud computing contracts came to Capitol Hill today with a top executive telling the House government oversight committee hearing that cloud computing is more secure than current agency-hosted information services.

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House Oversight chair questions federal cloud strategy

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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House Oversight chair questions federal cloud strategy

As the Obama administration pushes ahead with plans to adopt cloud computing, Congress is pushing back with questions. Google is a leading proponent of cloud computing, where most applications and data are on remote servers and accessed from a PC via the Internet.

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Google struggles to defend Apps security

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

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Google struggles to defend Apps security

Google's recent release of a white paper on its security policies and technologies for Google Apps is notable for its effort to assure users and potential customers that the information stored by Google is safe. And perceptions about the Internet giant's security are key to its future.

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Consumer Watchdog Launches Inside Google Website To Focus Light on Internet Giant

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Consumer Watchdog Launches Inside Google Website To Focus Light on Internet Giant

Consumer Watchdog today formally launched its new Website, Inside Google, to focus attention on the company’s activities and hold Google accountable for its actions. The sites’ URL is http://insidegoogle.com.

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GSA for GSA

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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GSA for GSA

In a serendipitous synchronicity, the Google Search Appliance (GSA) has debuted as the new search engine on the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) web site. Recently a box popped up on an obscure GSA web page titled “Transparency” which reveals that Google has taken over the search spot at the agency.

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April Fool! Parodies on Google or is the joke on us?

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

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April Fool! Parodies on Google or is the joke on us?

Google’s April Fool joke this year – renaming its search site “Topeka” – was a self-congratulatory disappointment compared with some of the funny self-parodies of previous years, for instance, here or here. The mayor of Topeka in March announced a month-long renaming of Kansas’ capital city to “Google, KS” as part of the city’s bid [...]

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FTC focusing on online privacy concerns

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Friday, January 29, 2010

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Online privacy protection for consumers has been built around the idea of "notice and choice" but it was clear to me at Thursday's Federal Trade Commission...

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Security Firm Outlines How Attack Against Google Was Pulled Off

By THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

Friday, January 15, 2010

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A Silicon Valley Internet security firm on Thursday described for the first time how hackers from China were able to crack Google's defenses, saying the attackers took advantage of a flaw in Microsoft's Web browser to probe deeply into the company's network. In addition to the Google network, the high-profile intrusion also targeted Gmail accounts in the United States and other countries. This may prompt users to demand better security for electronic mail and other personal data that's stored on Internet clouds, some advocates say. "The problem up until now is that people like Google have emphasized speed and efficiency and ease of use," said John M. Simpson, an advocate with Consumer Watchdog. "In too many cases, they have let security and privacy become a secondary issue. This situation is a wake-up call for everybody."

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