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Site Engineer Fired for Accessing Accounts

ONLINE PRIVACY

September 15, 2010

A Google site reliability engineer has been fired for violating the company's privacy rules for allegedly improperly accessing accounts belonging to several teenagers, PCWorld reports. Site reliability engineers have access to databases that contain e-mails, chat logs and other files that belong to Google users, the report states. "We dismissed David Barksdale for breaking Google's strict internal privacy policies," Google Senior Vice President Bill Coughran said in a statement, noting, "We carefully control the number of employees who have access to our systems, and we regularly upgrade our security controls...That said, a limited number of people will always need to access these systems if we are to operate them properly--which is why we take any breach so seriously."
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