EU to Open Extensive E-Commerce Sector Probe

Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal,  Thursday, March 26, 2015

The European Union is set to open a sweeping investigation into whether Internet commerce firms like Amazon.com Inc. are violating the bloc’s antitrust laws by restricting cross-border trade. The inquiry, announced Thursday by the EU’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, follows pressure from France and Germany to use EU competition rules and other regulations to better target the business practices of large technology firms. It is part of a broader EU strategy to knit together the bloc’s fragmented online ecosystems into a digital single market. Policy makers hope that will help European Internet firms to build their clout to better compete with U.S. Web giants like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc.

Federal Student-Data-Privacy Bill Delayed Following Criticism

Benjamin Herold, Education Week,  Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Introduction of a bill intended to establish a new level of federal involvement in the protection of K-12 students' privacy has been delayed following criticism that lawmakers fell well short of creating the strong national law for which advocates hoped. On Monday, U.S. Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Luke Messer, R-Ind., were poised to introduce the "Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act," developed in close consultation with the White House. But after critical press reports and concern from privacy advocates about the scope and rigor of a near-final draft of the bill, the lawmakers decided to hold off. A revised version of the proposed legislation is now expected to be made public later this week.

Boston parents overwhelmingly agree that schools should demand restrictions on data mining from Internet companies

SafeGov,  Monday, March 23, 2015

A survey of parents with school-age children in Boston shows parents see many benefits from in-school internet access, with more than 80 percent stating that in-school internet access helps students develop the necessary skills to gain employment and participate in the global economy. However, a majority of parents are unaware that technology companies may be tracking their children’s internet use at school. This demonstrates the importance of and need for stronger protections to prevent student data mining and online tracking in Boston schools. The findings are based on a survey conducted for SafeGov.org aimed at understanding Boston parents’ views on technology in the classroom and their awareness of student data mining.

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.