Sept 15, 2010
A Google employee, David Barksdale, has been discovered snooping on the data of underage Google users. This invasion of minors’ privacy got him fired, but it also resurrects the debate about trusting cloud computing with so much of our personal and corporate data. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers weigh up the pros and cons.
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Adrian Chen and Sergio Hernandez allege an allegation:
David Barksdale, a 27-year-old former Google engineer, repeatedly took advantage of his position … to access users’ accounts, violating the privacy of at least four minors. … [He] met the kids through a technology group in the Seattle area. … Barksdale exhibited a … pattern of aggressively violating others’ privacy.
Barksdale’s harassment did not appear to be sexual in nature, although … [he] demonstrated extraordinarily questionable judgment. … It seems part of the reason … was to show off the power he had. … A self-described “hacker,” Barksdale seemed to get a kick out of flaunting his position. … The parents of the teens whose Google accounts were violated by Barksdale were hardly amused, however.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 3:26 am