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Google misled govt., Microsoft says
Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:04:26 GMT
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Microsoft says a Google has misled the US government by providing false information about one of the search engine's applications.

According to a blog post from Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel David Howard, a US Justice Department brief found that Google does not have Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification for its Google Apps for Government suite for government customers while Google's site clearly states that the suite is FISMA certified, The Washington Post reported.

The Justice Department brief is related to the case that Google brought against the government, saying that the Department of Interior's decision to go with Microsoft's cloud-based e-mail was not competitive.

“When it comes to security, the facts matter,” Howard wrote in the post.

In response to Microsoft and the Justice Department, Google defended its statement, saying it had FISMA certification.

"Google Apps received a FISMA security authorization from the General Services Administration in July 2010. Google Apps for Government is the same system with enhanced security controls that go beyond FISMA requirements,” said Google in a statement.

“As planned we're working with GSA to continuously update our documentation with these and other additional enhancements," it added.

This comes as the city of Los Angeles has been transitioning to Google's suite for some of its 30,000 city employees.

Two LA city council committees have reportedly held hearings questioning whether Google's security requirements are tough enough for the city's police department.

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