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Opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of MRD.

So yesterday I came across an article on CNN Money which discussed users of Google Docs loosing permissions on their own documents because Google pushed out a technological change that deemed a "small percentage" of documents as abusive. Apparently the activity on Twitter suggested it was more than what Google was letting on.

Anyway, the news article seemed to focus on the matter at hand and unfortunate users, while I couldn't help but think - Geez, my suspicions of Google scanning documents in Google Docs is true. Guess I could have just read the policy, but would rather not and hope for the best. Oh, and Google's deciding what people can put in those documents; huh?

It's one thing for Facebook, Twitter, etc. to scan and ban because it goes out to the public. But Google Docs doesn't... does it? Maybe it's just me, but this feels like the SaaS "Public Cloud" equivalent of not only being told what one can't say, but what one can think. And negative reinforcement should breach occur.