Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg, Thursday, February 28, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Jeff Gould, Wired Insights, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
As the European Commission’s long-running investigation of Google’s search market dominance edges toward a possible settlement, the Mountain View Internet giant, not content to let well enough alone, appears to be digging in for yet another protracted battle with European regulators, this time over online privacy. The association of the EU’s Data Protection Authorities – known as the Article 29 Group – will vote this week on a plan to take legal action over Google’s refusal to remedy what the regulators claim are clear violations of EU privacy laws.
Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Defense Department on Feb. 26 released a new commercial mobile device implementation plan, which will set up framework and guidelines for Pentagon purchases of smart phones, tablets, apps and other mobile capabilities.
Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Monday, February 25, 2013
Massachusetts has become the first state to introduce legislation that would ban companies that provide cloud computing services from processing student data for commercial purposes. MA Bill 331 is sponsored by Rep. Carlo Basile and it was referred to the House Committee on Education on January 22, 2013. MA Bill 331 states, "Section 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary any person who provides a cloud computing service to an educational institution operating within the State shall process data of a student enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade for the sole purpose of providing the cloud computing service to the educational institution and shall not process such data for any commercial purpose, including but not limited to advertising purposes that benefit the cloud computing service provider."
Monday, February 25, 2013
In August I wrote a piece for AOL Government asking: “After BlackBerries, What’s Next For Government Mobile Users?” We were all witnessing the decline of BlackBerries as a favored mobile device for government users and I discussed the alternatives that existed in the marketplace.
Cameron Evans, InformationWeek Education, Thursday, February 21, 2013
It's hard to read an IT trade journal these days without seeing several articles highlighting the promise that big data analytics offer to various industries. At a high level, more data about health care and outcomes can help lead to better future diagnoses and treatments. More data about students also holds promise, offering the potential to improve learning and help identify student weaknesses in ways that are not possible today. But as new technologies such as big data analytics usher in new opportunities, we also have the responsibility to ensure those technologies are used in ways that meet our laws and cultural norms.
J. Nicholas Hoover, InformationWeek Government, Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Obama administration's second term has gotten off to a fast start for federal CIO Steven VanRoekel. In the past few weeks, he's been quizzed by lawmakers on the need for additional IT reform and the Department of Energy has been hit by a sophisticated cyber attack. Now the threat of budget cuts triggered by sequestration looms.
Eric Chabrow, GovInfoSecurity.com, Thursday, February 21, 2013
State and local agencies that must comply with federal regulations have complained that they can be befuddled by privacy requirements that could limit the effectiveness of their information sharing systems. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Feb. 21 made pubic the report, Human Services: Sustained and Coordinated Efforts Could Facilitate Data Sharing While Protecting Privacy, which examined four selected states and localities that employed systematic and automated data sharing to improve eligibility or case management processes.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In a previous post, I discussed the implications of the new HIPAA-HITECH Act regulation for cloud service providers. I noted that cloud service providers would generally be deemed to be business associates (BAs) under HIPAA because any entity that “maintains” protected health information (PHI) on behalf of a covered entity or another BA is deemed a BA. Under HIPAA, BAs are directly liable to HHS enforcement for a number of responsibilities under the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Moreover, a BA must be under a business associate agreement (BAA) with the entity supplying the PHI.