Google has responded to criticisms of its Desktop 3 Beta software after its filesharing feature was branded an “unacceptable security risk”.
IT analyst firm Gartner warned last week that the controversial “search across computers” feature in Google’s Desktop 3 Beta, which works by storing an index copy of the information on Google servers for up to 30 days, should not be used.
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“Gartner believes that its mere transport outside the enterprise will represent an unacceptable security risk to many enterprises,” the analyst said.
Google has responded on its Enterprise blog, admitting that it is in “two minds” about the criticism. The blog says that Google’s desktop team had “gone to great lengths to protect users’ data and privacy”.
But it conceded, “On the other hand… we understand that a company's data is more precious than gold - and you don't go passing your gold around.”
The blog points business users to the controls on the Desktop 3 for Enterprise edition, which allow the ‘search across computers’ function to be disabled.
It echoes Gartner’s recommendation that businesses that are not using the Enterprise edition of the software should switch to it immediately.
Google has also added features to the Enterprise edition, including the ability to set time-based document retention policies for different content types.