After consulting with the President's Steering Committee, DoIT made the determination to enable additional Google services, besides the core seven that are covered by a special agreeement between Stony Brook/SUNY and Google (Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Drive/Docs, Sites, Talk, and Groups). The majority of these "non-core" services are well known to Stony Brook users and highly sought after.
Google Apps for Education's core applications come with a different Terms of Service than the above-mentioned, more commercial services that Stony Brook enabled on Aug. 23, 2012. The core apps are covered by a special agreement between Stony Brook/SUNY and Google, so members of the SB community will not see advertisements and all information created and saved in the core applications is private. Core apps are secure enough to be used for private documents, such as tenure committee decisions, personal business, class notes, and scholarly endeavors. It is easy to share these documents with others, but special care should be taken to only share documents with those you intend to share them with.
Some restricted research data, such as export controlled information, is not permitted in Stony Brook's Google Apps for Education suite of services. Please see Stony Brook's Google Apps for Education Acceptable Use and Data Security Policy D 111 for more information on how to manage sensitive data.
Those who choose to use the more commercial applications offered by Google (such as YouTube, Picasa, Blogger, etc.) should be aware that the information stored in these commercial apps may be subject to data mining and advertisements.