Well, it didn’t take too long. C-Net reports today that Google inadvertently shared some Google docs files with folks they weren’t supposed to be shared with.
Lifehacker ponders whether this is a “minor privacy blunder”.
Meanwhile, Google is busy blaming it on the user (italics are mine): “We’ve identified and fixed a bug which may have caused you to share some of your documents without your knowledge.”
Yeah, Lifehacker, this isn’t minor. It never is. Especially to those individuals who have data that was shared without knowledge. Oh, and C-Net, you shouldn’t downplay this either – so while mentioning that lost laptops are a security risk, too, it doesn’t do anything to resolve the issue at hand.
Look folks, any breach of privacy, especially in a SaaS/cloud-computing environment is a HUGE problem. Shore up your contracts today, please (confidentiality, IP indemnification, and exclusions for breach of confidentiality in your limitation of liability language). Need help doing it? Just give me a shout.