Well, this is indeed an interesting news piece to all those who are interested in Information Security.
A leaked internal document of Google that was accessed & disclosed by Vice.com, a tech subsidiary of Motherboard Tech, states that the internet juggernaut fired 36 employees in 2020 for fraudulently accessing Google user or employee data.
Insider Threat has not only forced Google to terminate 26 people in 2019 and 18 in 2018, but it also made the web search giant belief less on manpower and employee more AI driven robots. As they cannot think for themselves and strictly rely on the minds of those using them.
Misuse of systems, accessing user info with no necessity, fraudulently accessing employee data, deleting or interpreting them, and sometimes changing the actual data is not only a clear-cut violation of Google’s Own policies, but also is prohibited under the data protection laws prevailing in several countries like Europe where GDPR law enforcement is taken seriously.
The Alphabet Inc’s subsidiary also specified in the document that it has taken all necessary measures to curtail such insider threat incidents in future like limiting access to user data to only a few employees, requiring a justification to access such data, multiple stage review to grant access to sensitive data and keeping a tab on any data privacy violations or anomalies….hope so!