FTC urged to investigate security of Google services

An online privacy group is calling on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google is making deceptive claims over the security of data stored in cloud-computing services such as Gmail and Google Docs, PC World reports. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a 15-page complaint on Tuesday, asking the FTC to force Google to stop offering online services that collect data until the presence of adequate privacy safeguards is verified. EPIC also wants Google to disclose all data loss or breach incidents. Google has not reviewed the complaint in detail but has policies in place to ensure data is protected, it said in a statement Wednesday. "Cloud computing can be more secure than storing information on your own hard drive," the statement said. "We are highly aware of how important our users’ data is to them and take our responsibility very seriously…"

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