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Yes. Encrypted (TLS/SSL) connections are enforced for all web browser sessions.

All Google Apps services have the ability to be configured to require access using encryption. Encryption is also required for access to mail data by third-party clients. The mobile email client also uses encrypted access to ensure the privacy of communications. Encryption is not offered on the Start Page service at this time. Since SSL is enabled on the ScarletMail domain, you will not be able to see your mail in the Gmail gadget on the Google Apps Start Page since it is not served over SSL.

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Google filters for viruses and spam before delivering the message; please see Google’s information on spam filters.

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By law, some intellectual property should not be stored outside of the U.S. Individuals handling sensitive materials are reminded not to share this information via email regardless of the email provider. Ultimately, an email that is intended for a user within the U.S. can be easily forwarded.

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Sensitive information should NEVER be sent through email. We advise against sending sensitive information via email for the following reasons:

  • Email could be intercepted and accessed by an unauthorized party
  • Email could be shared inappropriately by the recipient
  • Email could be compromised for as long as it is retained by you or the recipient
  • There are no retention controls over the recipient’s system
  • Accessing your email over an insecure network (i.e., Internet Cafe or open wireless network) can expose your user account information
  • Although encrypted connections can mitigate the risks of having ones’ authentication credentials compromised, email itself is still plain text when traveling between the sender and the recipient and can be easily intercepted
  • Regardless of the provider, email is not a secure method of communication. This applies to our current campus email systems as well as most third-party email providers
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Google maintains Privacy Policies for each of its applications. For a complete list and access to each of these policies, please visit Google’s Privacy Center. However, confidential or sensitive information should NEVER be sent through email.

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All of the products, applications, and services used in the ScarletApps at Rutgers environment are subject to the University’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and Google’s Terms of Service for that product.

Rutgers University Acceptable Use Policy
Google’s Terms of Service

Individual products, applications, and services may have supplemental terms of service applied in addition to Google’s general Terms of Service. These supplemental terms of service can most often be found by selecting the link on the bottom of the page for that product under the heading Terms and Policies.

If there is ever a conflict between the Google’s Terms of Service and the Rutgers AUP, the Rutgers AUP takes precedent.

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Google is very concerned about the security and privacy of their user’s data. Please see Google’s Privacy Policy.

Google provides “good to know” information regarding how to stay safe online, your data on the web, your data on Google, and how to manage your data. Please visit Google’s Good to Know.

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Sensitive information is information such as Social Security numbers, driver license numbers, credit card information, medical/health conditions, etc. None of this information should be sent via email, regardless of the email provider. As a general rule, privacy experts advise to consider whether it would be appropriate or desirable for the contents of the email to appear in a public forum (e.g., newspaper). Email operates as a postcard that can easily be read in transit and at the destination by unauthorized parties. It could be retained forever, or shared with unintended readers. For more information, please visit Rutgers Identity Theft Compliance Policy.

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Please refer to Google’s Privacy Policy for more information.

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Although data will be stored by Google, Rutgers retains all intellectual property rights of its data.

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Use your common first and last name. Impersonation is a serious issue. Pretending to be someone else could cause your profile to be deleted. Please read more at:
support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1228271

Misrepresenting a user’s identity in any electronic communication is also against the Rutgers Acceptable Use Policy.

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