What are the folks at Google smokin'?
I guess that Cheech and Chong have moved into the Googleplex
Businesses have been warned by research company Gartner that the latest Google Desktop Beta has an "unacceptable security risk," and Google agrees.
On Feb. 9, Google unveiled Google Desktop 3, a free, downloadable program that includes an option to let users search across multiple computers for files. To do that, the application automatically stores copies of files, for up to a month, on Google servers. From there, copies are transferred to the user's other computers for archiving. The data is encrypted in transmission and while stored on Google servers.
The risk to enterprises, according to Gartner, lies in how this shared information is pooled by Google. The data is transferred to a remote server, where it is stored and can then be shared between users for up to 30 days.
This feature needs to be pulled from the Google Desktop immediately. It is an unaceptable security risk. Stating that the users need to not turn the feature on is not acceptable. End users do not have the technical knowledge to understand the ramifications of something like this.
Google, pull this feature.