Google Apps for Education: Privacy & Security
At F&M ITS we have been asked what provisions Google makes for Education clients regarding privacy and security.
Following are useful links regarding Google’s privacy and security policies that pertain to F&M, including a recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Google Apps for Education Primary Site
Google Apps for Education Security & Privacy
Google Apps for Education Agreement (the fine print)
From Google Apps for Education:
- It's your content, not ours. Your Apps content belongs to your school, or individual users at your school. Not Google.
- We don't look at your content. Google employees will only access content that you store on Apps when an administrator from your domain grants Google employees explicit permission to do so for troubleshooting.
- We don't share your content. Google does not share personal information with advertisers or other 3rd parties without your consent.
- We sometimes scan content. And for very good reasons, like spam filtering, anti-virus protection, or malware detection. Our systems scan content to make Apps work better for users, enabling unique functionality like powerful search in Gmail and Google Docs. This is completely automated and involves no humans.