Om Malik wrote an interesting post Will you use Google Apps? on Web Worker Daily.
- We may use personal information to provide the services you’ve requested, including services that display customized content and advertising.
- We may also use personal information for auditing, research and analysis to operate and improve Google technologies and services.
- We may share aggregated non-personal information with third parties outside of Google.
- We may also share information with third parties in limited circumstances, including when complying with legal process, preventing fraud or imminent harm, and ensuring the security of our network and services.
- Google processes personal information on our servers in the United States of America and in other countries. In some cases, we process personal information on a server outside your own country.
Emphasis is mine.
If you are working for a business that works with cutting edge technologies are you really going to trust your data to a company that blatantly states they will crawl and index your data?
I do use Google Reader to aggregate my feeds, and I have been known to use Google Notebook – but I would not use any of these applications for work. I don’t have a problem with a company using these applications, I think they are good solid applications, I just think it is important to understand the ramifications of using these types of products.
If you are going to use Google Applications then I say caveat ēmptor, let the buyer beware.