Using Google Translate Can Mean Breach Of Confidentiality

Google Translate is probably the most widely used and quickest way to decipher documents, but it can be more than costly for anyone concerned with confidentiality and security information.

Using Google Translate could violate non-disclosure agreements and potentially cause the loss of trust from your clients.

Another risk is what Google or other translation tools could do with your data.  If you have read over the site’s “terms of service” you will see:

When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. [Source: Terms of Service]

Google Translate can be helpful when travelling to understand certain terms or for getting the “gist” of documents but it is a different situation when you need to translate important confidential documents.  An accurate translation is made up of a number of things including grammar, context and nuances that can only be translated by a human translator.