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Feds To Shut Down Google Apps?

FTC is weighing request from privacy group that claims data stored in the cloud isn't secure.

The Federal Trade Commission is looking into the risks of cloud computing.

The FTC held a two-day meeting this week to discuss data security in the global economy. Regulators are trying to determine whether they should intervene with cloud computing to address security and privacy (PDF) concerns.

Critics, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, argue that consumers are at greater risk of privacy breaches with cloud computing because data management practices are inconsistent.

EPIC asked the FTC for a legal injunction to stop cloud computing until the government approves it. In the unlikely event that the request is fulfilled, millions of individual and business users could be prevented from accessing data stored in the cloud.

EPIC made the request after a Google Docs breach that exposed some word processing documents. The letter specifically targets Google and urges the FTC to look into whether the company is using unfair and deceptive practices by providing products and services that aren't safe. EPIC's request applies to Google Apps, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Gmail.

"Cloud Computing Services are rapidly becoming an integral part of the United States economy, with implications for business development, security, and privacy," EPIC explained in the letter (PDF).

It cited a September report from ComScore Media Metrix, which estimated that 26 million consumers used Google's Gmail Cloud Computing Services. The group also cited a March IDC study that predicts corporate IT spending on cloud services will reach $42 billion by 2012.

Proponents of cloud computing -- including Google -- argue that cloud computing is at least as secure as traditional computing because providers can often better protect data than their customers can.


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