Halvorsen formalizes new DOD cloud procurement policy

Sean Lyngaas, FCW,  Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Acting Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen has issued a memo outlining the Pentagon’s new cloud procurement policy, formally allowing the military services and other DOD agencies to procure commercial cloud services rather than leaving that authority to the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Joint statement of the European Data Protection Authorities Assembled in the Article29 working party

The European Data Governance Forum,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Because of its common history and culture,Europe must make its voice heard in terms of ensuring that fundamental rights,including the rights to privacy and data protection, are respected without obstructing innovation or the need to ensure security in our society. In this context, the independent Data Protection Authorities assembled in the EUArticle 29 Working Party (WP29) want to deliver several key messages on how to address this global challenge. Therefore, the Article 29 Working Party, on its plenary meeting of 25 November 2014, has adopted the following declaration...

Microsoft announces US general availability of Microsoft Azure Government

Microsoft News Center,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

With the importance of enabling citizen services at all levels of government while keeping costs contained, the Microsoft Cloud for Government services meet or exceed public sector security, privacy and compliance standards. In fact, Microsoft’s government cloud services have been designed from the ground up to help government agencies integrate disparate on-premises, cloud and data systems and enable seamless communication and collaboration to operate in this new cloud-first world.

Obama announces funding for 50,000 police body cameras

Russell Brandom, The Verge,  Monday, December 01, 2014

In an announcement today, the White House has pledged $263 million in new federal funding for police training and body cameras, set aside by executive order. The money includes $75 million allocated specifically for the purchase 50,000 cameras for law enforcement officers across the country. The new funding push is substantial, but 50,000 cameras will cover only a fraction of the more than 750,000 police officers currently employed in America. Camera proposals have also run into trouble with public records laws in states like Washington, which require the release of all police records not actively tied up in an investigation. With hundreds of hours of video generated by police cameras every day, that would present serious problems for both privacy and simple logistics.

EU lawmakers urge regulators to break up Google

Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop, Reuters,  Friday, November 28, 2014

European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine. The non-binding resolution in the European Parliament is the strongest public signal yet of Europe's concern with the growing power of U.S. tech giants. It was passed with 384 votes for and 174 against.

EU to Google: expand 'right to be forgotten’ to Google.com

Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian,  Friday, November 28, 2014

European data regulators are set to instruct Google to apply “right to be forgotten” search result deletions outside of Europe on Google.com. The Article 29 cross-European panel of data protection watchdogs announced its guidance that search result removals should be carried out beyond local European domains such as google.co.uk, google.fr and google.de to prevent circumvention of the right to be forgotten law. “De-listing decisions must be implemented in such a way that they guarantee the effective and complete protection of data subjects’ rights and that EU law cannot be circumvented,” Article 29 said in a statement.

NIST Releases Cloud Computing Roadmap

Christine Kern, Business Solutions,  Friday, November 21, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. Reflecting the input of more than 200 comments on the initial draft, this report leverages the available strengths and resources and highlights the strategic and tactical objectives necessary to support accelerated cloud computing adoption by federal agencies, according to a press release.

GSA adopts agile acquisition for government marketplace

Rutrell Yasin, Federal Times,  Friday, November 21, 2014

GSA is working with other agencies to construct a Government Acquisition Marketplace that will result in cost savings, reduced duplication of acquisition programs and better procurement decisions. A Common Acquisition Platform (CAP) and category management are key supporting initiatives central to the creation of the marketplace.

Microsoft 365 first cloud email to gain FedRAMP approval

,  Friday, November 21, 2014

Microsoft’s Office 365 became the first Email-as-a-Service (EaaS) to gain accreditation under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Thursday, receiving authority to operate (ATO) cloud services for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. Microsoft’s Azure public cloud service received provisional authority to operate (P-ATO) last year, but the full ATO awarded Thursday makes it the first EaaS to gain full accreditation.

Privacy Protections Unite Carmakers

Joan Lowy, Associated Press ,  Friday, November 14, 2014

Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers than many motorists realize. The principles were delivered in a letter Wednesday to the Federal Trade Commission, which has the authority to force corporations to live up to their promises to consumers. Industry officials say they want to assure their customers that the information that their cars stream back to automakers or that is downloaded from the vehicle's computers won't be handed over to authorities without a court order, sold to insurance companies or used to bombard them with ads for pizza parlors, gas stations or other businesses they drive past, without their permission.