LA’s computer overhaul opens privacy debate

18 Lug LA’s computer overhaul opens privacy debate

Associated Press, By Michael Blood, July 16, 2009
A plan to overhaul the city of Los Angeles’ computer system is raising concerns about the security of confidential information. The nation’s second-largest city is considering dumping its in-house computer network for Google Inc. e-mail and office programs that are accessed over the Internet. But the city police union says it doesn’t have enough information to determine if sensitive witness and investigation files will be secure from hackers. Google spokeswoman Aviva Gilbert says security “is built into the DNA of our products.”