Posted May 6, 2010 1:00 am by with 4 comments

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Well, maybe this signals the beginning of the end. Maybe this is the sign of the end times. Maybe, just maybe, there is a chance that things like losing deals happen for Google just like, gulp, the rest of the business world.

Despite big wins in the past year like the city of Los Angeles moving to Google Apps for e-mail and more it appears that Google is not just gonna steamroll their way into enterprise accounts normally reserved for Microsoft.

Mashable reports

The University of California – Davis has stopped using Gmail for its 30,000-member staff and faculty body. The university was trying Gmail for faculty and staff with plans to roll out service to the entire campus. But school officials say this email system isn’t secure or private enough to meet their standards.

CIO Peter Siegel, Academic Senate IT chair Niels Jensen and Campus Council IT chair Joe Kiskis said the plug was pulled on Gmail because faculty were concerned that Google’s services wouldn’t keep their correspondence private enough. Many privacy experts also say that Gmail’s social component, Google Buzz, is the source of privacy and security vulnerabilities.

Ouch. That’s gonna bruise. If Google Buzz was indeed one of the reasons for a 30,000 seat deal going down the crapper then treating everyone’s privacy like it didn’t exist may hurt Google where it really hurts: in the wallet.

Apparently this is not the first time that security concerns from a prominent institution of higher learning has put the brakes on “going Google”.

About a month ago, Yale University made a similar decision. Yale’s concerns centered around security issues, technological risks and the way Google manages data in the cloud.

It’s interesting that big city governments like LA and Washington, DC have gone with Google no problem. Wonder how the Google Buzz privacy debacle went over in those accounts?

Well, maybe Google’s products aren’t what they claim to be since they appear to be just “close enough for government work”.

  • About time too – why on earth would you want to use Google Mail in a corporate/n4p environment?

    Adrian Leaman

  • Tom

    Colleges in the US have FERPA regulations to contend with, and city governments don’t.

  • In my views Google Buzz has created privacy concern with gmail users, first it came in news of automatic follow the gmail contacts and many user were not happy, because it was showing your contact to another person which was big concern…

    I think Google Buz created more issue for gmail privacy
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Poor Internet Reputation Management =-.

  • Buzz?

    Google Buzz isn’t part of Google Apps. UC Davis wants to keep email on-premise which is stupid. I’m not sure you can lose a deal based on a school not moving forward after a pilot program on free technology…