FTC asked to investigate Google’s privacy breaches

A privacy advocacy group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google’s data-security measures in a move that raises new questions about the security of cloud computing services, PC Magazine reports. A recent privacy glitch with Google Docs is just the latest example of security concerns with Google’s cloud computing services, and the FTC should take note, according to a filing from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). "Recent reports indicate the Google does not adequately safeguard the confidential information that it obtains," EPIC wrote March 17. "Given the previous opinions of the Federal Trade Commission regarding the obligation of service providers to ensure security, EPIC hereby petitions the [commission] to open an investigation into Google’s … services." Google said it has received a copy of the complaint but has not yet reviewed it in detail. "Many providers of cloud computing services, including Google, have extensive policies, procedures, and technologies in place to ensure the highest levels of data protection," a spokesman said in a statement. "Indeed, cloud computing can be more secure than storing information on your own hard drive. We are highly aware of how important our users’ data is to them and take our responsibility very seriously."

Click here for the full story