Thursday, December 24, 2009

Google Sites Privacy Chaos - Is it unthical or Is this the way it has to be? A Talk!

Google sites provide services to the users for hosting their websites on Google's domain. I was going through the privacy column of this website and a stringent issue regrading content policy came in front of me. The policy is presented below:

There is an excerpt in this privacy policy of Google Sites

You may permanently delete any content you create in Google Sites. Because of the way we maintain this service, residual copies of your files and other information associated with your account may remain on our servers for three weeks.

This is completely not true. The policy point is quite okay but considering the real time functionality this policy is not applicable. The time period for residual copies is set for three weeks , I suppose not more than a month. I personally tested the stuff six months back. I have noticed even after six months , the deleted file (a PDF file which I do not want anybody to look into) is still recoverable from the Google site , a quite unacceptable fact. According to the policy, the deleted content should not reside on Google's server for more than three weeks.
Let's see:

So there is an ambiguity in the applied policy of Google sites. Is the policy being implemented in right way?

Ofcourse , Google owns web!