Google admits staff snooped Gmail

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Engineer crossed the line.

Google fired its second employee last month for breaching internal policy by snooping on Gmail users' accounts, the search and advertising giant confirmed today.

"We dismissed David Barksdale for breaking Google's strict internal privacy policies," Bill Coughran, senior vice president of Google's engineering team told TechCrunch.

US website Gawker.com published an unconfirmed report Tuesday stating that the 27 year-old "site reliability engineer" had repeatedly accessed the accounts of at least four underage Gmail users whom he had previously met.

In one instance Barksdale was claimed to have accessed the Google Voice logs of a 15-year-old boy who had refused to tell him the name of his girlfriend.

The engineer was claimed to have accessed contact lists, chat transcripts, and instant message logs that Google stored.

The spying efforts did not appear to be sexual in nature, the Gawker article said, citing comments from an un-named source.

According to Gawker, Google confirmed it was the second time one of its employees had been fired for snooping, stressing that the previous case did not involve minors.

Google's Coughran said the company carefully controlled the number of employees it allowed access to its systems, but added that it would always need to allow a "limited number of people" to access them.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Google admits staff snooped Gmail
 
 
 
Top Stories
Business-focused Windows 10 brings back the Start menu
Microsoft skips 9 for the "greatest enterprise platform ever".
 
Feeling Shellshocked?
Stay up to date with patching for the Bash bug.
 
Amazon forced to reboot EC2 to patch Xen bug
Rolling restarts over next week.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Which is the most prevalent cyber attack method your organisation faces?




   |   View results
Phishing and social engineering
  66%
 
Advanced persistent threats
  5%
 
Unpatched or unsupported software vulnerabilities
  11%
 
Denial of service attacks
  6%
 
Insider threats
  12%
TOTAL VOTES: 1379

Vote