Google on data security: You can trust us, really

Googlers can't view sensitive personal information without special permission, says vice president of engineering.

Google described on Tuesday how it secures the mountains of data that it handles every day, saying that it has highly automated processes and employs the best and brightest in Web security.

Google's Douglas Merrill
Douglas Merrill Google

On the Official Google Blog, Douglas Merrill, a vice president of engineering, spelled out the company's philosophy, processes, and technology that the company employs for security.

He said that the company is developing its own security software, particularly to address areas such as large-scale computing and automation.

Google's processes are set up so that sensitive personal information can only be viewed by exception, Merrill said.

"We carefully manage access to confidential information of any sort, and very few Googlers have access to what we consider very sensitive data. This is in no small part because there's very little reason for us to provide that access--most of our processes are automated, and don't require much human intervention. Of course, the limited number of people who are granted access to sensitive data must have special approval," he wrote.

 

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