• EPIC Seeks FTC Investigation of Google
  • April 3, 2009 | Authors: Jennifer L. Richter; Jennifer A. Cetta; Carly T. Didden
  • Law Firm: Patton Boggs LLP - Washington Office
  • The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a privacy watchdog group, urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week to launch a probe into Google's cloud computing services, including Picasa, Gmail, and Google Docs, to determine whether privacy and security safeguards are sufficient. The petition comes in the wake of a recent report of a breach of Google Docs. EPIC cited the growing dependence of American consumers, businesses, and federal agencies on cloud computing services, and urged the FTC to take "such measures as are necessary" to ensure the safety and security of information submitted to Google.

    A Google spokesperson said the company had not yet reviewed the complaint in detail but many cloud computing providers, including Google, have policies, procedures and technologies for data protection. "We are highly aware of how important our users' data is to them and take our responsibility very seriously," Google told Congress Daily. Previous EPIC complaints have led the FTC to order Microsoft to revise the security standards for one of its programs and to require Choicepoint to change its business practices and pay fines of $15 million.