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what you should know about g suite, security, and privacy

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BC G Suite for Education and consumer, free Google services are not the same.

BC G Suite for Education

BC has an agreement (contract) with Google for a specific instance of G Suite that is different than the user agreement for consumer/public Google services.

BC G Suite for Education includes Mail, Calendar, Drive, Sites, and Talk.

The agreement provides that all of our data is deemed to be confidential information and may be used by Google only for the purpose of providing the services and meeting its obligations under the agreement. BC user data stored in G Suite for Education will be handled in adherence to our standard compliance practices for FERPA, etc. and users will not be subjected to advertising.

Consumer Google

Any personal Google account you may have is covered by different “terms” and may not have the same security and privacy agreements as BC G Suite.

  • Picasa, YouTube, and numerous other Google owned services are not part of BC G Suite, and therefore have different user terms.  Full list of “other” Google services with links to terms.
  • When you access other Google services you agree to Google’s consumer user agreements, which are quite different than the BC G Suite for Education agreement.

Remember: BC G Suite for Education provides enhanced collaboration and data sharing capabilities. Always exercise caution online, especially when sharing data.