Security Experts Worried About Google Now

Google Now is another one of those applications that worry security experts, like the recent Facebook issue for mobile tracking. Google Now is the latest upgrade in the new release of the Android Operating System. What’s worrisome is that its searching techniques put businesses at risk.

As a competitor for Apple Siri (voice-based service anyway), Google Now uses searching history, calendar, Google Maps usage, and location to deliver useful information to you ahead of time. Privacy ouchie! But anyway, maybe you want to know when and where the next bus will stop, or when a storm will hit…Google Now has all the information you need without your asking!

Now, this is not enabled by default, you have to opt-in. What it lacks is a management platform, for companies to be able to manage it and keep their employees on task/schedule. What would be best is for secure browsers to be deployed on these mobile platforms, which can enable the ability to disable such apps, particularly distracting ones.

Many companies rely on the privacy of all of their company’s data, and cannot have Google services indexing sensitive data to deliver crazy results in Google Now. Even more so, companies are worried for their employees’ personal data being at risk, as well!

Google will have to make a way for better management techniques before the use of this app gets out of hand (and it can do so very fast).

 

 

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