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Google Exec: Search Across Computers Concern For IT

Google technologists said corporate executives and IT administrators are responsible for implementing Google Desktop 3 for Enterprise's Search Across Computers feature in a safe and secure manner.

Google's "Search Across Computers" feature could pose a security threat but corporations are on the hook for securing their own data, one executive from the search giant said on Friday.

At at a tech conference in Philadelphia, Google Senior Product Manager Matthew Glotzbach said the new feature in Google Desktop 3 for Enterprise beta -- released earlier this week -- could compromise privacy and cause data leaks. The feature automatically stores copies of data on multiple computers.

But he said this is an issue for corporate security officials and IT administrators to solve, not technology providers. The beta was released earlier this week.

"Users' wants are driving a lot of IT direction," Glotzback told a few hundred people gathered at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for a panel on search technologies. The speech was part of the annual technology conference sponsored by University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Buisness. "But it is still the prerogative and goal of business to make decisions on their security … and get a security strategy," he said.

"At the end of the day, if a user wants to subvert those policies and push information outside that enterprise, they probably will," Glotzbach added. "Companies need to ensure that they have a strategy they're comfortable with."

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