Google scraps plan for ‘Isolated Region’ cloud services in China

Google has abandoned plans to offer a major new cloud service in China and other politically sensitive countries due in part to concerns over geopolitical tensions and the pandemic, according to two employees familiar with the matter, revealing the challenges for U.S. tech giants to secure business in those markets. In May, the search giant …

Google Bans Employees From Using Zoom over security concerns

Google has advised its employees to stop using Zoom, the teleconferencing service, on company-issued devices, BuzzFeed News reports. The company emailed employees that had Zoom’s desktop app installed on their computers, advising them that Zoom did not meet the company’s security protocols and would be blocked by company servers starting this week. “We have long …

Google Launches a $1 Million Pan-African Grant for safe internet use

Google on Tuesday announced the launch of a $1 million pan-African Google.org safe internet fund to support innovative ideas around privacy, trust and the safety of children, young people, and families online across sub-Saharan Africa. The grant is intended to support training by non-profit and social enterprises focusing on privacy, trust and safe internet in …

Project Nightingale Trouble: Google secretly accessed millions of Americans’ health records

Google has reportedly secretly gathered millions of patient records across 21 states on behalf of a health care provider, in an effort dubbed “Project Nightingale,” reports The Wall Street Journal. Neither the provider’s doctors nor patients were made aware of the effort, according to the report. The Wall Street Journal’s Rob Copeland wrote that the …

Google partnered with mobile security firms to clear Play Store of malware and malicious apps

In an effort to better protect the Play Store from malware and malicious apps, Google has announced that it has partnered with the cybersecurity firms ESET, Lookout and Zimperium to launch a new project called the App Defense Alliance. According to Google, the goal of the new project is to unify malware and threat detection …

Google Nest Cam IQ can be used to hijack the camera, leak data

The Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor camera contained a plethora of security vulnerabilities which could be used to hijack or disrupt the device. On Monday, Lilith Wyatt and Claudio Bozzato from the Cisco Talos research team said a set of major vulnerabilities in the Nest Cam IQ, one of a selection of home security and …

Google’s Equiano subsea cable to link Africa with Europe by 2021

Google has formally unveiled its Equiano project, a new undersea cable that will connect Africa with Europe to boost the continent’s connectivity. The new cable will start in Western Europe and run along the western coast of the continent to connect Portugal with South Africa. Along the way it will branch off to other African …

Huawei-Google woes effects in Africa

Google’s decision to withhold its Android software from Huawei is being seen as the beginning of a technology cold war that could compel African countries – in the future – to choose between US and Chinese technology, analysts have told the BBC. Most Africans connecting to the internet today are likely to be using a …

Sundar Pichai says Google is now thinking privacy first

In a series of sweeping announcements on Tuesday, Google announced it’s unveiling new privacy tools that would, if they lived up to the hype, let users restrict how companies track their online activities and compile and sell their personal data. Speaking at an annual conference for developers on Tuesday, Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, delivered …