EU Privacy Rules and the Business Cloud

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

American privacy rules are increasingly becoming irrelevant to the rest of the world. That may be a good thing (if you think American privacy regulation is too lax) or a bad thing (if you think the privacy rules in other countries are too stringent). But whatever your view of the normative question, there can be no doubt that, as a descriptive matter, European privacy rules are driving the public debate – both with respect to privacy vis-à-vis governments (after the Snowden affair) and also vis-à-vis corporations who use cloud services. In the near-to-mid-term it seems increasingly likely that the European privacy vision will prevail – call it “privacy imperialism” if you will.

Open data or privacy breach?

Phil Wainewright, diginomica,  Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The trouble with big data is that the most useful kind comes from aggregating lots of data about individuals — you and I. As the UK’s national tax agency, HMRC, discovered over the holiday weekend, that often makes it difficult to do the right thing. There was outcry as HRMC plans emerged “to release anonymous tax data to third parties including companies, researchers and public bodies.”

You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to find Google alarming

Mathias Döpfner, The Guardian,  Friday, April 18, 2014

Its colossal power has worrying implications not only for the health of Europe's digital economy, but for the individual freedom of citizens.

Axel Springer accuses Google of seeking digital ‘superstate’

Jeevan Vasagar, Financial Times,  Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The head of Europe’s biggest newspaper publisher by circulation has accused Google of seeking to establish a digital “superstate” free from the constraints of antitrust regulators and privacy concerns. Mr Döpfner criticised the EU’s recent settlement with Google, which permitted the internet group to continue publishing paid-for links at the top of its pages ahead of algorithmically chosen results.

Microsoft cloud system wins EU privacy regulators’ approval

James Fontanella-Khan, Financial Times,  Thursday, April 10, 2014

Microsoft’s privacy changes to its online enterprise cloud storage system won EU regulators’ approval for meeting the bloc’s stringent data protection standards, a move that could force rivals to follow suit.

Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data

European Data Protection Supervisor,  Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The collection and control of massive amounts of personal data are a source of market power for the biggest players in the global market for internet services, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today. Personal information has become a form of currency to pay for so-called 'free' online services and is a valuable intangible asset for an increasing number of companies doing business in the EU. This requires closer interaction between different regulators.

Parliament must speed up internal processes to push forward with G-Cloud

Caroline Baldwin, ComputerWeekly,  Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Parliament needs to speed up its internal decision-making processes to continue taking advantage of G-Cloud, said director of Parliamentary ICT Joan Miller.

Microsoft agrees to ‘cloud’ changes for schools

SwissInfo.ch,  Thursday, March 20, 2014

Swiss schools may soon start using a Microsoft cloud-computing service after a deal was sealed between the tech giant and Swiss officials and appropriate changes made to ensure adherence to strict data protection guidelines.

Europe approves new data protection law, tech industry reps dismayed

Jennifer Baker, IDG News Service,  Wednesday, March 12, 2014

European politicians voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday in favor of new laws safeguarding citizens' data.

Deutsche Telekom partners with CipherCloud on enterprise cloud security

Jonathan Brandon, BusinessCloud News,  Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Deutsche Telekom and cloud security firm CipherCloud announced a partnership Wednesday that will see the German telco move to deploy servers running the CipherCloud encryption gateway, which will be offered as a service to enterprise cloud customers through its IT-focused subsidiary T-Systems.