This article has been updated to include comment from Google and GSA
Google's controversial new privacy policies will not apply to users of the Google Apps for Government enterprise email system, such as the General Services Administration, a Google official said Wednesday.
Evans was referring to a Tuesday announcement in which Google said it would begin integrating personal information collected from users on many of its different online services, including Gmail, YouTube, Picasa and basic Google searches, an aim moved largely at delivering higher value information to advertisers and so raising the price of Google ads.
Google's enterprise branch quickly clarified, though, that the new policy does not apply to enterprise systems such as Google Apps for Government, Business or Education, which are defined by individual customer contracts.
The General Services Administration also issued a statement saying the new Google terms do not affect its Google email system.
"Our usage of the Google Apps solution is governed by contractual agreement with Google and our prime contractor, Unisys," the agency said. "The solution is compliant with all federal regulations and requirements, including those regarding privacy and data protection."
GSA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several other agencies have moved to Google Apps for Government for email, calendar and other functions. GAFG is essentially a more secure version of the search giant's popular Gmail system with its add-on features such as Google Docs and Google Sites.
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