Google Statement on Privacy and Security in Google Apps

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under news

google-cloud-securityThere has been a small flurry of stories in the industry press recently, attempting to prove, incorrectly, that Google doesn’t honour it’s commitment to provide Apps for Education customers with an advertisement free and secure service. Whilst Google have had websites around security/privacy before, it’s now written a simple and clear English statement on the security/privacy protections built in to Google Apps for Education.

The full text is copied below, but you can also read it here: http://www.google.com/edu/privacy.html




Google Apps for Education – Security and Privacy

More than 30 million students, teachers and administrators rely on Google Apps for Education every day to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. We are committed to protecting the privacy and security of our users — and that includes students — to make sure their information is safe, secure and always available to them.

Here are a few important things to know about Google Apps for Education and student accounts:

Ads in Gmail are turned off by default for Google Apps for Education and we have no plans to change this in the future.

Gmail for consumers and Google Apps users runs on the same infrastructure, which helps us deliver high performance, reliability and security to all of our users. However, Google Apps offers additional securityadministrative and archiving controls for education, business, and government customers.

Gmail scans and indexes email for multiple purposes, including spell check, virus and spam protection, features like Priority Inbox and auto-detection of calendar events, relevant search results and advertising; this scanning is done on all incoming emails, is 100% automated and can’t be turned off.

When ads in Gmail are turned off for Google Apps for Education, automated scanning that is done in Gmail is not used to target ads to Education users, whether inside Gmail or in other Google products (e.g. YouTube, Google Search, etc.).

We do not scan information stored in Google Drive or Docs (or Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms) to target ads to Apps for Education customers.

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google unless one of the circumstances outlined in the Google Privacy Policy applies.

The data schools and students put into our systems is theirs, and we believe it should stay that way. If an education department, school or university decides to no longer use Google we make it easy for them to take their data away with them.

Google Apps for Education offers schools a number of additional controls and security features. These include a 99.9% uptime guarantee, 24/7 customer support, greater storage capacity and the ability for school administrators to turn certain features or services on or off. As with all our accounts, we keep our users secure by filtering out spam and looking out for viruses and malware.



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