The recent privacy glitch with Google Docs is just the latest example of security concerns with Google‘s cloud computing services, and the Federal Trade Commission 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 Tuesday. “Given the previous opinions of the Federal Trade Commission regarding the obligation of service providers to ensure security, EPIC hereby petitions the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation into Google’s cloud computing services.”
The FTC should also determine if Google is employing adequate privacy and security safeguards, if it has engaged in unfair or deceptive trade practices, and stop them from providing further cloud computing services until that security is established, EPIC said.
Google said it has received a copy of the complaint but has not yet reviewed it in detail.