Google+ Adds New Privacy Controls for Business

You know that meeting that you need to have with your far-flung team members? Google+ has upped the security of its groups, hoping to attract such business meetings.

On Tuesday, the technology giant announced the enhancement. On GoogleEUs Official Enterprise Blog, Google+ Product Manager Michael Cai wrote that, EUat most organizations, itEUs important to make sure that private conversations remain private.EU He added that EUGoogle+ is an ideal tool for groups to want to have social conversations -- without broadcasting their thoughts to the world.EU

In these new restricted groups, which Google said now have EUan extra layer of security," participants can decide if the meetings are open to anyone at a given company or can only be joined by invitation.

Default Choice

Restricted communities can be set up as default choices by administrators, and others outside organizations, such as clients, agencies or business partners. If the admin console is set to restrict sharing, the Google+ community is restricted to the group domain unless set otherwise. A private community can then share files, media and other material on Google Drive, and everything posted within a community stays in the community.

There are, of course, countless ways these days to set up social, collaborative spaces for use by organizations, including those with private participation, such as Salesforce.com's Chatter, as well as Yammer, Socialtext, Jive, Podio and many others. But a private meeting space from Google becomes an easier segue because of the already-widespread use of the companyEUs services and apps in many businesses, including search, Gmail, Google Maps, Adwords, and, increasingly, Google+.

Roger Kay, an analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates, told us that businesses need to be wary about exactly what level of private sharing they intend to do in an online meeting environment. He pointed out that EUbusinesses may not be all that confident...

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