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Lawsuit Raises Red Flags For Government Cloud Users
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WKash,
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3/28/2014 | 3:38:08 PM
Re: Government contracts
J_Randt, thanks for catching that. That's right.  I meant most ...don't read
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J_Brandt,
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3/28/2014 | 3:09:37 PM
Re: Government contracts
A most excellent set of points.  I think you mean to say ["most" (not few) people agree to without ever reading] for most free social media products are incompatible with federal law, regulation, or practice].
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WKash,
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3/27/2014 | 5:12:43 PM
Government contracts
It's worth noting, the standard Terms of Service (or Terms of Use - which few most people agree to without ever reading) for most free social media products are incompatible with federal law, regulation, or practice. So GSA had to come up with a new set of contracts for agency employees to use, when signing up for sites like YouTube, or Facebook.  Here's a list of amended terms of service agreements from the General Services Administration.

It's also worth noting: the Office of Management and Budget in an April 4, 2013 memo, put agencies on notice that employees may be in violation of the Antideficiency Act by agreeing to open-ended terms of agreement for certain websites.

 

 
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WKash,
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3/27/2014 | 4:57:32 PM
Re: Hope Floats (in the cloud)
Asksqn, you're right.  Judge Koh rejected the basis of the class action suit, more than the complaint itself.  Because few individuals (students in this case) are likely to gather the resources to fight Google on this, Google for all intents and purposes, is off the hook for now.  
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3/27/2014 | 3:43:28 PM
Hope Floats (in the cloud)
The only reason the CA lawsuit was tossed because Judge Koh did not find the classes of plaintiffs (it was a class action suit) as "sufficiently cohesive," which is a fancy schmancy way of saying nice, try, but I'm letting Google off on a technicality.  That being said, the lawsuit may still proceed provided that counsel gets it act together and amends the complaint accordingly.  There may still be hope of calling out Google on illegally scanning email for key words yet.

 
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3/26/2014 | 10:51:51 AM
Re: Details in the case
It's nice to see the push for clarification and responsibility when it comes not just to how data is used, but also how it is protected.  For the longest time we have seen SLAs that refuse to clarify exactly the responsibilities and controls that are in place to protect users and data, so this is definitely going to be a huge step in the right direction.
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WKash,
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3/25/2014 | 6:03:22 PM
Details in the case
For those interested in the details of the case, here are links to two declarations in support of Google's opposition to the plaintiff's case.

http://www.safegov.org/media/60266/google_gmail_litigation_-_declaration_of_kyle_c.wong.pdf
 
http://www.safegov.org/media/60263/google_gmail_litigation_-_declaration_of_brad_chin.pdf

 


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