After an internal email meant to resurface Google’s data sharing policies sparked concerns from employees last week, an update was sent via the company’s daily newsletter on Tuesday to clarify the the tech giant’s position.
The update — which was formatted as a Q&A with Google’s Chief Legal Officer, Kent Walker — reiterated the reason data access controls and tried putting to rest fears that collaboration across teams would be harmed.
But two current employees who spoke to Business Insider said Walker’s most recent remarks didn’t go far enough to address internal fears that Google will use its broad definitions around data sharing for arbitrary retaliation.
Below is the full note Google distributed internally on Tuesday containing Walker’s comments and clarifications on the rules.
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Google spooked employees last week when it sent a company-wide “reminder” that sharing certain kinds of data, even with colleagues within the company, can be a fireable offense.
Some employees that Business Insider spoke with saw the email as part of a push to clamp down on leaks at a time of unrest at the company. And they worried that the reminder email was actually a tightening of data sharing rule that could chill workplace collaboration and that Google could use as a pretext to discipline certain employees.
The note caused enough internal agitation that Google took steps to calm the waters on Tuesday with a follow-up note designed to clarify the rules around sharing “need to know” information.
The update — which was formatted as a Q&A with Google’s Chief Legal Officer, Kent Walker — reiterated the reason for having controls on data access and tried putting to rest fears that collaboration across teams would be harmed.
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Source:: Business Insider