IT professionals continue to cite security concerns as one of the largest barriers to cloud migration. Uniform government standards specific to cloud computing have yet to be finalized, leaving important questions regarding data availability and integrity unanswered. aims to provoke discussion related to these concerns as well as raise awareness of the ways in which cloud computing could ultimately strengthen existing security measures.

Facebook Told by France to Stop Collecting Non-User Data

Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg Business,  Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Facebook Inc. was given three months by France’s privacy watchdog to stop storing data on people who don’t have an account with the social network as the company continues to draw objections from regulators throughout Europe. The operator of the world’s largest social network can track online users across all the sites they visit without obtaining clear consent, France’s data protection regulator, CNIL, said in a statement late Monday. “The seriousness of the failures” and the company’s more than 30 million Facebook users in France forced it to make the decision public, the regulator said.

Four 2016 federal IT predictions: It’s all about the data

Rob Stein, Federal News Radio,  Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Cloud computing has changed the speed and the efficiency at which data can be processed. But it has also changed the way in which data is moved, stored and managed. Make no mistake: Data is any agency’s most important asset and managing that data most effectively is vital. Based on our work with government agencies over the past year, we have developed four federal IT predictions for 2016 and beyond.

Data isolationism will hold back the cloud

David Linthicum, InfoWorld,  Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Politicians and government want to keep data in the country of origin, but doing so will make the cloud less viable. The essence of cloud computing is to provide utility-based computing services that use any cloud resource available. If it's in another country, so be it. But the data-management laws come from a very different perspective: that of data isolation.

Cloud Storage for Camera Data?

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Monday, February 08, 2016

To secure sensitive information, U.S. law enforcement agencies must adhere to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) security policy, which establishes guidelines for the creation, viewing, transmission and storage of criminal justice data. Recently the International Association of Chiefs of Police issued guiding principles for cloud computing that recommend data collected through body-worn cameras be stored at the highest level of security: the FBI CJIS standard. Moving forward, departments that use CJIS-compliant cloud technology will be able to minimize risk and keep video data safe. While safe and secure data storage is not cheap, it’s an investment that law enforcement agencies must make. Only when police departments take the TCO into account will they protect their video data as well as minimize their liability and safeguard the people they serve.

Distrust of US surveillance threatens data deal

Katie Bo Williams, The Hill,  Monday, February 08, 2016

If the European working group is not satisfied with the assurances from the Commerce Department, the consequences could be dire. Businesses fear a chilling of transatlantic trade, valued at $1 trillion in 2014. The most likely outcome, experts say, would be a patchwork of country-to-country regulations that would make it extremely expensive for companies to comply.

Swords and shields

The Economist,  Friday, February 05, 2016

Perhaps even more important, the Privacy Shield may stop the slide towards the fragmentation of cyberspace along national lines. Since its inception, the internet has struggled to stay a borderless space for ideas and commerce. Countries such as China have established what they see as sovereignty over their computers and networks, protecting themselves from threats such as “information weapons” (also known as “news”). Others are itching to follow. If America and the EU, with their shared history, interests and values, could not reach agreement over safeguarding their citizens’ data, there would be little hope for anyone else.

Email privacy legislation moving forward in House

Mario Trujillo, The Hill,  Thursday, February 04, 2016

The House Judiciary Committee will vote next month on email privacy legislation that has failed to move despite widespread support in recent years. Committee Chairman Bob Goddlatte (R-Va.) on Wednesday said the legislation is necessary to update a 1986 law to explicitly require the government to obtain a warrant when it is seeking to access emails or other electronic communications. “It’s clear that the law needs to be modernized and updated to ensure it keeps pace with ever-changing technologies so that we protect Americans’ constitutional rights and provide law enforcement with the tools they need for criminal investigations in the digital age,” he said in a statement.

More Than a Third of Americans Would Undergo Iris Scans for Better Government Services

Mohana Ravindranath, Nextgov,  Thursday, February 04, 2016

Slightly more than one-third of U.S. citizens would share their iris scans with the federal government, if it meant they could get personalized services, such as quicker processing of passports and taxes, a new survey found. A new Accenture survey reveals that 67 percent of respondents would share their cellphone numbers with the federal government, but far fewer -- 35 percent -- would proffer their iris scans in exchange for individualized services.

The massive new privacy deal between U.S. and Europe, explained

Andrea Peterson, The Washington Post,  Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The details are still emerging, but officials say the pact will include several assurances from the U.S. side...

Commentary: Surge of body-worn police video demands we adopt policies to secure data

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould,
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Body-worn camera video needs to be protected by the strongest data standards available. The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Service (CJIS) Security Policy, developed over many years by the FBI with extensive input from state and local law enforcement agencies, is made-to-order for the task. The CJIS Security Policy is designed to ensure that the information which flows from the FBI’s vast national database to local law enforcement agencies is protected both from outside hackers and inside leaks.