Chertoff: U.S. Gov't Will Keep Outsourcing IT Functions

Bloomberg West,  Friday, May 29, 2015

Michael Chertoff, co-founder of The Chertoff Group and former Homeland Security director, discusses how to combat the rise in cyber attacks with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg West."

Reinventing Government: Get Ready for a Surge in Cloud Adoption

Bill Millar, Forbes,  Friday, May 29, 2015

Recall that in 2010, Vivek Kundra, then CIO for the whole of the U.S. federal government, ordered that no new federal IT project of any significance was to move forward without first evaluating a cloud approach. In other words, at the highest levels of government, cloud is deemed to be so mission-effective, it is to be the default choice in any IT acquisition, upgrade or migration. In spite of such direction a September 2014 GAO report on the progress of seven key federal agencies shows total spending on cloud-based services as a percentage of total IT spending still hovers at a disappointing 2%.

Privacy Harm Is In the Eye of Beholder

Justin Brookman, IAAP Privacy Perspectives,  Friday, May 29, 2015

While many countries around the world have affirmative privacy protections for most data, the U.S. instead enforces a hundred-year old prohibition against deceptive business practices to merely prohibit companies from tricking people about data practices. In recent years, the FTC has expanded its interpretation of Section 5’s ban on deceptive practices to apply not just to misstatements but also to affirmative omissions—that is, when by failure to mention a potentially controversial privacy practice, the company is effectively trying to deceive consumers. This line of enforcement is all in the name of creating external accountability for privacy practices, and a transparent market for personal information. This market is far from perfect, and I think the law should do more to empower people to assess various privacy practices and control the flow of their information.

Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Says Company Must Weigh Encryption Limits

Danny Yadron, Wall Street Journal,  Friday, May 29, 2015

Microsoft last week was one of more than 30 tech companies to send a letter to President Barack Obama asking he not require technology companies to weaken encryption to ensure government access. The letter was the latest salvo between Washington and Silicon Valley over consumers’ increased access to strong encryption in the post-Snowden age.

Ansip Talks Digital Single Market, Safe Harbor

,  Friday, May 29, 2015

As concerns about the future of Safe Harbor and the economic relationship between the EU and U.S. continue, European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip spoke of international cooperation and a “longstanding history of trust” between the two regions. On Thursday, in his first official visit to the U.S. as the Commission’s vice president, Ansip took part in a discussion at the Brookings Institution on the Digital Single Market, the future of the Safe Harbor agreement and issues raised by the burgeoning sharing economy with the Brookings Institution’s Cameron Kerry.

Considering accessibility as part of the public procurement process is an absolute must

Tracy Mitrano, Supply Management (UK),  Thursday, May 28, 2015

Making technology accessible to all, especially in today’s digital era, is critical to ensuring every person can live an informed, content-rich and fulfilling life. But to truly promote digital inclusion, more consistent accessibility policies are needed across the board. Member states in the EU have an important opportunity to lead in this area and set accessibility standards globally.

A few things you might want to think about on cloud storage

Jonathan Kozlowski,,  Thursday, May 28, 2015

Does it seem, sometimes, that technology has always led the race? Problems arise, solutions are created, but there’s always a jump—or a leap—over an issue with the latest new trend. During these technological leaps, however, there are always questions to discuss. It’s those issues that sit in second place that are vital to talk about and catch-up to what our innovative selves are capable of accomplishing. That’s where we are today, discussing policy, legal issues, standardization, and federal mandates for technological advancements like body-worn cameras.

Cloud-Based Online Government Services Pitfalls

SaaS Addict, Cloud Tweaks,  Thursday, May 28, 2015

There are a few important lessons to take away from the launch. These can help governments reduce their citizens’ effort levels when using the online services, providing an overall better experience. In this article I will discuss the pitfalls of providing cloud-based online government services. Because knowing (the pitfalls) is half the battle.

Yahoo must face email spying class action - U.S. judge

Jonathan Stempel, Reuters,  Thursday, May 28, 2015

A U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. In a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations.

3 reasons why you should be using the cloud for body cam video storage

PoliceOne Staff,  Wednesday, May 27, 2015

When people sign up for the program, they manage their video evidence with VIEVU and Microsoft helps manage the network infrastructure behind it. This is done in a secure way. Microsoft’s Azure Government cloud and VIEVU meet the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) security requirements, a policy that law enforcement must meet in order to access the FBI’s data in the cloud. The company does not mine data, guarantees confidentiality, allows agencies to control and own all their data, and is aligned to the standards published by the International Chiefs of Police (IACP).