The privacy of its students and the university in general led Yale University to postpone its decision to adopt both Gmail and Google Apps, according to the Yale Daily News, the school's independent student newspaper.

Michael Fischer, a computer science professor at the university, believes that the lack of specificity in the privacy and intellectual property laws of nations Google uses to store its data centers makes the service potentially dangerous. However, he does believe that the move will happen in the near future as SaaS programs offer students and staff flexibility not matched by the current system. He believes that the school will make the move next spring.

The concern also came from students who expressed skepticism over Google's willingness to censor search results at the will of the Chinese government. The company's recent announcement that it no longer engaged in censorship did sway some but not the entire campus community.

The school also cited security concerns as motivation for tabling the transition. However, recent reports indicate that desktop security offered by cloud computing companies has improved, and SaaS-based security services are growing in popularity.
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