The Year in Privacy 2013 and the Year to Come

Daniel J. Solove by Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy
Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 was a remarkable year in privacy developments. Here are four main trends I saw occurring this year

Federal agencies make 2013 the year of cloud

Alex Rossino, Capital Business, The Washington Post,  Sunday, December 29, 2013

This past year will long be remembered by government contractors as the year that federal cloud adoption began in earnest. Between October 2012 and September 2013, federal agencies awarded over $17 billion in cloud computing-related contracts. After a couple of years evaluating and piloting cloud technology, federal customers dove in headfirst, awarding large contracts, such as the Interior Department’s $10 billion Foundation Cloud Hosting Services program and the CIA’s hotly contested $600 million cloud infrastructure award.

Government advises public sector organisations on cloud services

Sooraj Shah, Computing,  Monday, December 23, 2013

The UK government has released security guidance for public sector organisations that are seeking to adopt cloud services. Whitehall has been keen to encourage public sector organisations - both at local and national level - to purchase cloud services from a wide range of service providers in the most cost effective manner possible. This is why it established the G-Cloud framework, as part of a drive to reduce the amount government spends on IT services from large suppliers by removing some of the pre-qualifying paperwork.

Tripwire Survey: Feds Rapidly Adopting Cloud

Chris Talbot, Talkin' Cloud,  Monday, December 23, 2013

Although there may still be some security concerns related to cloud, the U.S. federal government is chugging along at a rapid pace in its adoption of cloud computing technologies. The results of a survey of federal IT professionals from Tripwire shows that cloud adoption within the federal government has increased by 400 percent.

Email scanning could bring legal headaches for Gmail in Germany, possibly other EU States as well

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Friday, December 20, 2013

In a recent interview with SafeGov, Dr. Alexander Dix, Berlin’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, covered a broad range of data protection topics, focusing in particular on SafeGov’s proposal for Codes of Conduct to help EU schools ensure that external cloud services respect student privacy. However, a passing remark he made about Gmail caught our attention, because it reminded us of the highly publicized legal battle over Gmail scanning that is now unfolding in the San Jose, California courtroom of U.S. Federal District Judge Lucy Koh, where a group of Gmail users has launched a class action lawsuit against the Mountain View online advertising company.

Privacy appendix of draft NIST cybersecurity framework under fire

David Perera. FierceGovernmentIT,  Thursday, December 19, 2013

Some major Internet companies say the proposed privacy approach of the cybersecurity framework under development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology would be potentially burdensome, something that could discourage organizations from adopting it.

The Least Surprising Development of the Year … And the Most

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In a year full of surprises (did you really think that Apple stock prices would rebound?) there are some developments that seem inevitable. One candidate for “least surprising” tech event of the year was the aftermath of the Snowden revelations – distrust of the United States and, closely related, foreign abandonment of domestic American cloud service providers.

DHS tries new cloud services acquisition method

David Perera, FierceGovernmentIT,  Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Homeland Security Department is using a new method to pay for cloud services--put money onto a contract with a variety of line items and allow an as-needed drawdown of the funds, said Keith Trippie, executive director for enterprise system development within the DHS office of the chief information officer.

Commentary: Why data privacy and security in the cloud are imperative

Hemant Pathak, Government Health IT,  Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has dramatically changed U.S. healthcare. Come January, millions of Americans will have access to affordable healthcare for the first time. The influx of new patients will require providers and other healthcare professionals to adjust the standard procedures they've been accustomed to in order to drive efficiency while still delivering quality patient care.

DoD moves closer to developing cloud standards

Nicole Blake Johnson. Federal Times,  Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Defense Department is one step closer to finalizing what it takes to securely host the military’s controlled unclassified data in a commercial cloud. A pilot program is getting underway that will test DoD-specific standards – called “impact levels” – that go beyond those required by the governmentwide cloud security program known as FedRAMP.