Adopting cloud computing can mean entrusting data to a third-party vendor. For agencies responsible for personally identifiable information or mission-critical applications, this raises a host of privacy concerns, chief among them the issue of data sovereignty and the question of determining appropriate government and commercial uses of private citizens’ data. This section of the site analyzes the risks to privacy associated with cloud adoption and explores ongoing means to mitigate them.

Microsoft announces unified Trust Center for enterprise cloud services

Kellogg Brengel, WinBeta,  Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As of today Microsoft is consolidating and solidifying the messaging of their enterprise cloud services’ privacy, security, and compliance statements. The new Unified Trust Center for the Microsoft Cloud encompasses the privacy and security policies for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Intune, and Microsoft Office 365. From the new Unified Trust Center, enterprise customers can clearly see in one location how Microsoft protects your organization’s data, Microsoft’s commitment to your privacy, what regulations their cloud services are compliant with, and gain more insight on the company’s approach to transparency.

'Hypocritical' Europe is just as bad as the USA for data protection

Andrew Orlowski, The Register,  Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Europe is being hypocritical by derailing the Safe Harbour data protection agreement - because its own protections for citizens against indiscriminate surveillance are worse than the USA’s. That’s the view of one expert on international data protection law at a meeting held by European competition group iComp today. Dr Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law at St Mary’s, said that US citizens had greater safeguards against fishing expeditions than European citizens, and European law enforcement opted for blanket surveillance far more readily than US law enforcement.

With Body-Worn Cameras, Here Comes the Hard Part

H. Bryan Cunningham by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Monday, November 23, 2015

In this final article, we take a deep dive into these issues vital for the long-term success of BWC deployment, both for law-enforcement officer protection and accountability and the safeguarding of the privacy and civil liberties of all of our citizens: first, the storage, analysis, protection and use of BWC-generated data; second, the susceptibility of such data to Freedom of Information, Sunshine Law and related requests for public disclosure of such data.

Anti-Encryption, Mass Surveillance Debate Grows Louder

Jedidiah Bracy, IAPP Privacy Advisor,  Friday, November 20, 2015

Debates around government surveillance and access to encrypted communications and data are only growing louder in the shadow of last week’s terror attacks in Paris. The White House and congressional staffers, for one, have asked Silicon Valley executives to come to Washington, DC, in order to find a resolution to the encryption standoff currently taking place. Though there is no evidence as of yet that last week's attackers used encrypted communications technology, government intelligence authorities and several lawmakers have not minced any words about the obstacle encryption poses in tracking suspects.

New York prosecutor seeks U.S. law to weaken smartphone encryption

Dustin Volz, Reuters,  Thursday, November 19, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. on Wednesday called for federal legislation requiring tech companies such as Google and Apple to design smartphone operating systems so law enforcement can unlock data stored on them. He urged Congress to pass a law mandating that information stored on phones built or sold in the United States incorporate weaker encryption standards than currently used so data are accessible to investigators.

Process for viewing video from police body cameras is about to get clearer in D.C.

Peter Hermann and Aaron C. Davis, Washington Post,  Thursday, November 19, 2015

The D.C. Council’s Judiciary Committee is expected to approve a plan Thursday that would allow the public to view much of the video shot by D.C. police officers’ body-worn cameras. Certain footage, including that showing domestic or sexual assaults, would not be made public. The bill also would bar the release of footage taken inside a home.

Paris Attacks Help Build Case for Stiffer U.K. Snooping Rules

Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg Business,  Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The terrorist attacks in Paris may make it harder for the technology industry and privacy advocates to resist proposed rules that would require Web, software and phone companies to aid in wide-ranging U.K. surveillance efforts. "The attacks make it incredibly difficult to argue for individual privacy,” said Emily Taylor, an associate fellow at the London-based public policy think tank Chatham House. “That seems like a ridiculous thing to argue for when people are being mowed down on a night out."

Paris attacks inflame Europe’s privacy clash

David Meyer, Politico EU,  Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Before the bloody attacks in Paris, the European Union was already in the throes of a long and passionate debate over the balance between security and privacy. As the manhunt continues and authorities race for clues, that debate is raging at every political level. The outcome will have sweeping consequences for international cooperation between law enforcement and businesses, as well as on the fundamental right to privacy and data protection.

Mass Surveillance Isn’t the Answer to Fighting Terrorism

New York Times Editorial Board,  Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It’s a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends. The remarks on Monday by John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, took that to a new and disgraceful low. Speaking less than three days after coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris killed 129 and injured hundreds more, Mr. Brennan complained about “a lot of hand-wringing over the government’s role in the effort to try to uncover these terrorists.” What he calls “hand-wringing” was the sustained national outrage following the 2013 revelations by Edward Snowden...

EU Justice leader pushes Hill on privacy bill

Kate Tummarello and Alex Byers, POLITICO,  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová makes the rounds in Washington today, trying to sell lawmakers on an EU-focused privacy bill while continuing negotiations with Obama administration officials over the future of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor. The House has passed the Judicial Redress Act, which would extend new legal protections to EU citizens, but Grassley’s Senate committee hasn’t even debated it.