FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules, Setting Stage For Legal Battle

Thomas Gryta, Wall Street Journal,  Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to regulate Internet service like a public utility, expanding the U.S. government’s oversight of a once lightly regulated business at the center of the country’s commercial and social activity. The 3-2 vote, along party lines, starts the clock ticking on an expected legal challenge from the telecom and cable industries. The move marks a turn in the government’s approach to the Internet—from a hands off policy dating back two decades to encourage the Web’s growth to a more interventionist posture as commercial issues have multiplied.

U.S. Chamber: LEADS Act Seeks to Clarify Consumer Privacy Rights on Data Sought by Law Enforcement

U.S. Chamber of commerce Press Release,  Monday, February 23, 2015

“The Chamber applauds the re-introduction of this legislation so the nation can have a conversation on the complex issues we have not fully explored such as balancing consumer privacy rights with national security concerns when law enforcement seeks access to emails and other electronic communications stored online or in the cloud by third-party service providers. “The Chamber looks forward to working with Congress as they address this issue.”

Hatch, Coons, and Heller Introduce Bipartisan LEADS Act to Protect Data Stored Abroad

Sen. Orrin Hatch Press Release,  Thursday, February 12, 2015

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, along with Senators Chris Coons and Dean Heller today introduced the bipartisan Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (“LEADS”) Act, which will reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to promote international comity and law enforcement cooperation.

VIEVU Unveils 'VIEVU Solution,' a Low-Cost, Flexible Comprehensive Program for Law Enforcement Agencies Looking to Deploy Body Cameras

VIEVU, Globe Newswire,  Tuesday, February 10, 2015

With law enforcement adoption of body worn video accelerating, storing digital evidence has become a major issue as a year's worth of video from each camera can be about a terabyte of data. By developing a secure storage system on the Azure Government Cloud, VIEVU is helping police departments capture and archive video evidence gathered during a police officer's daily routine. This provides a convenient, on-demand solution to view, modify, and share video data.

Tech Industry Stands with Sen. Leno to Modernize Digital Privacy Protections

ACLU Press Release,  Monday, February 09, 2015

Senator Mark Leno has joined forces with a diverse coalition of the state’s leading technology companies and organizations, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Engine, Mozilla, the American Civil Liberties Union of California, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Center for Democracy and Technology to announce new legislation that modernizes California’s privacy laws to keep up with emerging technologies. Senate Bill 178 protects Californians against warrantless government access to electronic information stored on mobile devices or online services, sensitive emails, text messages, personal photos, contact lists, and location information.

VMware cloud services gets green light from FedRAMP

Business Cloud News,  Friday, February 06, 2015

VMware’s cloud service has been granted approval to operate across the US public sector by the government’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). The service, provided by government IT specialist provider Carpathia, has been given authority to operate (ATO) by FedRAMP, which is mandatory for any cloud service provider serving the Federal government.

String of big data breaches continues with hack on health insurer Anthem

Dan Goodin, Ars Technica,  Thursday, February 05, 2015

In all, Anthem said the compromised database included 80 million records related to current and former customers and employees. The intruders accessed names, Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, e-mail, income data and other employment information. At this early stage, company officials don't think credit card details and medical information such as insurance claims and test results were taken. Company officials have hired security firm Mandiant to determine how the hackers got in and what information they accessed. The FBI is also investigating.

Google to change privacy policy after investigation by UK data watchdog

Leila Abboud, Reuters,  Friday, January 30, 2015

Search engine Google has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an investigation by Britain's data protection regulator found its privacy policy was too vague. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said in a statement on Friday that it required Google to sign a "formal undertaking" that it would make the changes by June 30 and take further steps in the next two years.

China to boost cloud computing

Xinhua News Agency,  Friday, January 30, 2015

The State Council, China's cabinet, issued guidance on Friday on development of cloud computing. China intends to markedly boost cloud computing capacity by 2017, developing an Internet power by 2020, with cloud computing as its backbone. Synthesized development of cloud computing, mobile Internet, the Internet of things and Internet financing will cultivate new businesses.

FedRAMP releases draft for higher security cloud computing authorization, seeks public input

Dibya Sarkar, Fierce Government IT,  Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The federal government Jan. 27 released a long-awaited draft document that establishes a high baseline of security controls for cloud computing service providers, allowing them to host some of the federal government's most sensitive information. The draft was released by the Joint Authorization Board of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, the government-wide program that is standardizing cloud security assessment and authorization. The JAB is made up of the chief information officers of the Homeland Security and Defense departments and the General Services Administration.