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.

TASER Wins Major Bid to Outfit 22,000 London Metropolitan Police Officers with Axon Body Cameras

PR Newswire / CNN Money,  Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Led by the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC), the Metropolitan Police completed a 12-month pilot earlier this year using 1,000 of TASER's Axon body-worn cameras. The world's largest trial of body cameras to date was considered a success and a research study conducted by MOPAC and the College of Policing found that introducing the cameras resulted in a 33-percent reduction in complaints against officers.

State CIOs will focus on security and cloud in 2016

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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.

EU Data Transfer Mechanisms May Keep Tumbling

Stephen Dockery, Wall Street Journal,  Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Data transfer systems that companies have been relying on in the wake of the end of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement are likely to be picked apart by the European Court of Justice for the same reasons the broad privacy agreement was tossed out, data privacy experts said Monday. Stewart Room, head of cyber security and data protection at PwC, said, “Right now these other solutions are still legally valid…the problem is they have the same parent and the same architecture and the same legal vulnerability” as Safe Harbor. Room said the “EU working party on the issue had already signaled that it was encouraging challenges to those mechanisms and was likely those solutions would be invalidated as well.”

'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.

How to help federal CIOs do more for accessible tech

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Monday, November 23, 2015

Over the years, efforts to make technology accessible to people with disabilities have had mixed results. For starters, the implementation of Section 508 is uneven across various government agencies. Some agencies include compliance provisions in their technology vendor solicitations, while some ignore it altogether. In addition, some agencies have been slow to adopt accessibility solutions overall.

D.C. Takes Steps Toward Making Police Body-Worn Camera Footage Accessible

Christina Sturdivant, DCist,  Monday, November 23, 2015

The proposal allows the public to view most footage recorded by officers’ body-worn cameras in public space, including assaults. And anyone who is the subject of a video, and those alleging officer misconduct, can view footage pertaining to their situations. In addition, the mayor can release "otherwise undisclosed" footage of officer-involved shootings, use of force by an officer, and assaults that put officers in the hospital.

U.S.-E.U. safe harbor collapse affects all of us

Doug Miller by Doug Miller, Milltech Consulting
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Without the Safe Harbor framework, companies are faced with the almost insurmountable task of establishing data sharing agreements with individual regional jurisdictions. Without these agreements, a global company’s operations are now in question and they must think twice about investing abroad. Consumers, if not directly effected as employees of companies that curtailed trans-Atlantic operations, would be faced with the loss of the Internet as its known today, a means of global commerce, information and communication exchange. Without agreements in place to provide “borderless” transfers of data, there will be no trans-border mechanism for e-commerce, sending and receiving emails, or sharing personal information using social media. In other words, without Safe Harbor, the backbone of modern technology — information exchange — will be significantly hampered.

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.