Violating Google Policies with My Blog Posts

Update: The warnings have been removed from my Google Plus postings, but I’m still curious what triggered the policy violation. Anyways, thanks, Google+ folks!

Earlier this week, I shared how I was putting together a Securing Confidential Data workshop using Google as an LMS. I’ve had a lot of fun putting these resources together, sharing them here on my blog, but was shocked when I looked at my Google+ Profile and saw this series of messages:

Of course, I’m submitting these all for review but I can’t help but wonder…why, Google, why?

Why can’t other people see my post?
The content in this post violates the Google+ User Content and Conduct Policy.
Posts that contain spam, such as unwanted promotional or commercial content, or unwanted or mass solicitations, are not appropriate on Google+. Offensive or repetitive posts are not appropriate either. 

If you think we’ve made a mistake about your post, please submit this post for review. If our review determines this post does conform to our policies, we’ll make it visible to others again. Otherwise, this post will stay visible only to you, and we will delete it in a few weeks.

Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin’s blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

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2 thoughts on “Violating Google Policies with My Blog Posts

  1. Kern Kelley March 8, 2013 at 2:25 am Reply

    Wow Miguel, I'm very interested to see how this all plays out!

  2. bubba January 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm Reply

    google+ is a private website. they can (within broad limits) pretty much set their own rules for content (some limits of law and under some conditions they lose immunity for content, but lets assume they are very good about looking after their own interests), Yet when they are arbitrary, capricious, obnoxious, incomprehensible, and just plain mystifyingly stupid you just got to wonder why you’d want to post content there that generates revenue for them. So there is that…
    Yet On the other hand, the NSA has shown an eager willingness to use a heavy, and illegal, hand in suppressing encryption information, sometimes by threats, sometimes by deliberate sabotage, and sometimes by just temporarily annoying and obstructing and then disappearing. And thats exactly what this case looks like. Its all highly illegal, but who you gonna complain to? The government? right. So there is that…
    Finally, I use aescrypt, and axcrypt, and truecrypt, and GPG… but recently aescrypt is my preferred encryption method for casual email attachment encryption, not because I’m entirely sure it is secure (its opensource and might be secure, but its new and not fully vetted yet) but because it is available and compatible cross platform (Win, Linux, Mac) and plain dead easy for novices to use. So I agree with your article and thank you for presenting it. Carry on.

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