LAPD Drops Google Apps Plan

Los Angeles city officials determine that cloud services can't meet security requirements set for accessing a key FBI database.

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After more than two years of work, the city of Los Angeles last month abandoned plans to migrate its police operations to Google's hosted email and office applications because it says the service can't meet FBI security requirements.

The city council last month voted to amend a 2009 contract calling for Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) to undertake a wholesale replacement of the city's GroupWise email system with Google's email and collaboration services.

The amended pact cuts the Los Angeles Police Department and its nearly 13,000 employees out of the project; other agencies will continue the migration to Google Apps for Government.

The vote came last month after the city's chief legislative analyst, Gerry Miller, and its chief administrative officer, Miguel Santana, determined that the Google service could not be brought into compliance with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS).

The updated pact requires that Google pay up to $350,000 per year to maintain the LAPD's GroupWise licenses for the term of the CSC contract. Google will also substantially reduce the amount it charges for the rest of the city's use of Google Apps.

"Although CSC does not have the technical ability to comply with the City's security requirements, it should be noted that the DOJ requirements are not currently compatible with cloud computing," wrote Miller and Santana in a memo to council members.

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