Stephen E. Arnold: Translations in the Cloud are Not Private — #GoogleGestapo Leverages Everything…

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Stephen E. Arnold

Privacy Is Lost in Translation

Online translation tools are a wonder!  Instead of having to rely on limited dictionaries and grammars, online translation tools deliver real-time, nearly accurate translations of documents and other text.  It is usually good to double check the translation because sometimes the tools do make mistakes.  Translation tools, however, can make mistakes that lose privacy in translation.  Quartz tells an alarming story in, “If You Value Your Privacy, Be Careful With Online Translation Tools.”

Norwegian state oil company Statoil used Translate.com to translate sensitive company documents.  One would think that would not be a problem, except Translate.com stored the data in the cloud.  The sensitive documents included dismissal letters, contracts, workforce reduction plans, and more.  News traveled fast in Norway, resulting in the Oslo Stock Exchange blocking employees’ access to Translate.com and Google Translate.

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