Sweden Prohibits Its Government Sector From Using Google Apps

As EU data protection regulators are trying to figureout how to respond to Google’s new privacy policy which allows the company to amalgamate data across all its products and services for whatever purposes it sees fit, the Swedish Data Inspection Board have issued a ruling prohibiting the nation’s public sector bodies from ever using Google Apps.

The ban covers almost all the services available on Google Apps such as calendar services, email and data processing functions. The risk assessment by the Board determined that the contract gives Google too much covert discretion over how data can be used, and that public sector customers are unable to ensure that data protection rights are protected.

It said that it is uncertain how data is mined and processed by Google and that there is no information on the subcontractors who may be involved in the processing. The assessment concluded that there was no certainty about if or when data would be deleted after expiration of the contract.

The ruling goes into effect immediately across all Swedish municipal authorities, but will also by default extend to national government departments. According to experts, the decision runs headlong into Google’s “one size fits all” policy and throws out a challenge to the advertising giant to provide more specific terms and protections for its services. Other EU regulators will be closely monitoring the Swedish decision.

The revelation that NSA have been snooping on major U.S tech companies, an issue that is currently causing so much concerns across the Atlantic will surely do nothing to help Google in this situation.

Already DuckDuckGo private search engine is having its best week ever as it have seen its traffic shots up to 26 percent over the past week.

DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg an entrepreneur whose last venture, The Names Database, was acquired by United Online in 2006 for $10 million said that the numbers are proof yet again that people are eager to find and use viable alternatives to popular web services, which are prime targets for government snooping. “We offer that in web search, and there are others that offer it in other verticals. As people find out about these alternatives, they make that choice”.

DuckDuckGo has become the foremost search engine for those concerned about not just snooping by the government but Google as well. DuckDuckGo is free software distributed at GitHub under the Perl 5 license. In 2012, in response to accusations that it was a monopoly, Google identified DuckDuckGo as a competitor. Linux Mint signed an exclusive deal with DuckDuckGo in November 2012 for the search engine to become the default search engine for Linux Mint 12. In addition, Trisquel and the Midori web browser use DuckDuckGo as their default search engine

If you are really worried about your data going through the treatment in the hands of the guys in black, then check out PRISM BREAK. On the site, you will see all the tools that you need to “evade” any monitoring program. That is … if something like that is possible.

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