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Google Translate poses a security risk.

There are plenty of articles to be found detailing why it’s not safe to translate sensitive internal business documents using Google Translate.  Most of these articles discuss accuracy and confidentiality.  But Google translate is also dangerous because it acts as a proxy by design, creating a security issue.  That means you can plug in a URL in any language, including English and Google will display the contents of the site.  This undermines any corporate security measures put in place to keep employees away from blocked or compromised sites.  The answer is a translation service from Google or a competitor built for business.  This would allow for administrative and user authentication logging what sites are translated and monitoring documents uploaded for translation.   It’s also a revenue generator for the first service to come up with such an administrative translation control.

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