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ownCloud, Collabora jointly offer secure viewing of documents

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Open-source file syncing and sharing software company ownCloud has teamed up with Collabora Productivity to create a virtual data room known as Secure View where documents can be shared with full control of what can be done with those documents.

Individual permission settings decide what the recipient of a file can do with it and policies such as "view-only", "comments-only" or "enforce change tracking" can be applied.

This creates restricted areas within an ownCloud installation where sensitive documents are protected, with the only prerequisites being Internet access and a Web browser.

Collabora is the biggest developer of the free office suite, LibreOffice, and has put the application in the cloud as well.

A statement from ownCloud said: "Typical use cases for Secure View are review processes of confidential documents or the controlled provision of sensitive information for a selected group of people.

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"Since ownCloud is an on-premises private cloud solution, access to such secure data rooms can also be granted to external authorised readers without the original confidential data leaving the company’s servers – because the text displayed on readers’ computers is composed of images. This enables convenient collaboration, for example with consulting lawyers or R&D partners, while ensuring that security and compliance rules are met."

Collabora general manager Michael Meeks, a veteran open source software developer, said: "With the development of Secure View, we can now offer our Collabora Online users even more ways to collaborate and work with documents that require a particular level of security.

“Collabora Online and ownCloud complement each other perfectly by combining convenience and flexibility, when editing and viewing documents, with maximum data exchange security.”

Microsoft offers similar functionality as Secure View within its Azure cloud but the user is locked into using proprietary software from a single company.

“The joint development of Secure View, an unprecedented feature, is a great example of what can be achieved with flexible integration solutions,” ownCloud chief executive Tobias Gerlinger said.

“In this way, we can offer our users enterprise-relevant new features without getting bogged down with too many different development ventures – as is the case with some competing products. For ownCloud,
stability, security and performance of the core product are the top priorities.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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