Google admits data mining student emails in its free education apps

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Friday, January 31, 2014

When it introduced a new privacy policy designed to improve its ability to target users with ads based on data mining of their online activities, Google said the policy didn't apply to students using Google Apps for Education. But recent court filings by Google’s lawyers in a California class action lawsuit against Gmail data mining tell a different story: Google now admits that it does data mine student emails for ad-targeting purposes outside of school, even when ad serving in school is turned off, and its controversial consumer privacy policy does apply to Google Apps for Education.

FedRAMP Deadline Looms For Agencies, Cloud Providers

Wyatt Kash, InformationWeek Government,  Friday, January 31, 2014

As we reported last week in an in-depth analysis, cloud service providers are queuing up for a rigorous government review process that certifies their service meets a strict baseline of security standards. This certification, known as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is mandatory for any cloud service provider looking to do business with federal agencies.

White House launches big-data privacy study

Sean Reilly, Federal Times,  Friday, January 31, 2014

The Obama administration is launching a comprehensive review of the potential impact of big data on personal privacy.

PRIVO, Verizon Launch Federally Funded Pilot on Child Privacy Online

Bailey McCann, CIvSource,  Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Verizon is collaborating with Privacy Vaults Online Inc. (PRIVO) to roll out a federally-funded pilot program that will protect the online activities and personal information of children. As PRIVO’s primary technology provider, Verizon will deploy its identity management and cloud technologies, providing parents more control over the online activities of their children and helping businesses comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Government sees cloud investments as key to long-term IT savings

David Weldon, FierceCIO,  Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Determined to use the cloud to help reduce overall IT spending, the federal government is investing heavily in cloud computing. So much so that federal investments in the cloud are expected to reach over $18 billion by 2018.

Agencies settling in on better privacy controls

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio,  Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Agencies are treating privacy today like they treated cybersecurity three or five years ago. They realize it's important. They realize they have to do it. But they aren't exactly sure how and what it means to apply privacy to data.

Highlighting some lessons learned by federal cloud users

Frank Konkel, Federal Computer Week,  Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A study released Jan. 28 by Meritalk highlights the pros and cons of federal cloud adoption since the Office of Management and Budget’s “Cloud First” policy mandated just over three years ago that agencies begin migrating services.

Study: consumers more concerned about business data collection than government surveillance

John Wagley, Government Security News,  Tuesday, January 28, 2014

When it comes to digital privacy, U.S. consumers are more concerned with how businesses collect and use their data than they are with government surveillance, according to a study from the data privacy management company TRUSTe, of San Francisco. The conclusion could surprise some, given the relatively large number of media reports in recent months about government surveillance of citizen’s data

Federal contractors should implement cybersecurity in operations and products, says DoD and GSA

David Perera, FierceGovernmentIT,  Monday, January 27, 2014

Federal contractors should incorporate baseline cybersecurity measures into their operations as well as their products or services, recommends a joint Defense Department and General Services Administration committee.

What are the causes of digital patient privacy loss in EHRs and other health IT systems?

Shahid Shah, MedCity News,  Sunday, January 26, 2014

This past Friday I was invited by the Patient Privacy Rights (PPR) Foundation to lead a discussion about privacy and EHRs. The discussion, entitled “Fact vs. Fiction: Best Privacy Practices for EHRs in the Cloud,” addressed patient privacy concerns and potential solutions for doctors working with EHRs.