[unisog] Web Hosted Apps

Megan Carney carn0048 at umn.edu
Tue Jul 22 00:10:56 GMT 2008


Yep - it is a big loss of local control and has some definite
 security risks.

Ultimaely, it's a business decision, however.  The best you can
do is make management aware of the issues.

On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 07:48:10AM -0400, William Yang wrote:
> Darden, Patrick S. wrote:
> > We are contemplating something like Google Docs campus wide.  Is anyone 
> > using this as the officially recommended office suite?  Can it be hosted 
> > locally?  What security concerns does it raise?  What are the privacy 
> > and data continuity issues?
> 
> What are the privacy issues for having a third party that can have its 
> behavior dictated to it by the government of any country on Earth--without 
> notice to you--control all your documents?  Note that they will study the 
> contents of your files and index them.
> 
> I'll readily say that Google Docs is cool and the price can't be beat... 
> but I would be very concerned about the implications of using something 
> like Google Docs on data that's protected by FERPA, HIPAA, or that falls in 
> other regulated spaces.
> 
> How do you model--let alone mitigate--the risk of this, exactly?  You are 
> *giving up control and custody* of your documents* with Google Docs.
> 
> 	-Bill
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