There is No Privacy Without Security

FIDO Alliance,  Thursday, January 28, 2016

Today is Data Privacy Day 2016 and, as a Champion organization, we want to join in the conversation on the importance of respecting user privacy online, and the ways FIDO authentication standards do just that. To this end, we have released today the ”FIDO Privacy White Paper,” which describes how privacy has been taken into account in the design of the FIDO protocols, and how they can help meet privacy requirements from certain regulatory authorities. To understand why FIDO authentication standards were designed with a user-privacy focus, it’s important to first understand how privacy relates to security in the context of accessing online services.

Judicial Redress Act 'National Security Interests' Amendment Could Affect US-EU Negotiations

Lisa Brownlee, Forbes,  Thursday, January 28, 2016

One of the fundamental disagreements in the Safe Harbor negotiations has been reported to be national security/surveillance issues. This amendment strikes directly at that fissure. The amendment, posted at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda page for today, would if enacted add language to the version of the JRA as passed unanimously by the House. The added language pertains to transfers of personal data for commercial purposes between certified foreign countries and the US, and adds requirements that the U.S. Attorney General certify that the foreign country’s “policies regarding the transfer of personal data for commercial purposes. . . do not materially impede the national security interests of the United States.”

How To Navigate The Data Location Minefield

Duncan Macrae, TechWeek Europe,  Thursday, January 28, 2016

Safe Harbor has catapulted data location, the laws, and the ethics surrounding them into the mainstream. And until governments and businesses look at these issues at a global level versus a regional level the complexity of this minefield is only going to worsen.

Despite Consensus on All Police Wearing Body Cams, Implementation Questions Remain

Michael Maciag, Digital Communities,  Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Another important policy decision police are grappling with is how long they’ll retain the footage. It’s a safe assumption that most departments would prefer to keep it for longer, but because of the cost of data storage, that's just not feasible, said Jeff Gould, president of, an online forum of IT experts.

No matter who wins in US vs. Microsoft, we all lose

David Linthicum, InfoWorld,  Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I can’t help but think there is a compromise that can be had here between the cloud providers and the government. Although the government should not have access to data in clouds on demand, there should be a defined process that would allow the government access to some data when specific criteria has been satisfied -- and the authorities in the countries where the data resides are able to participate.

Safe Harbor countdown continues as Pritzker says it’s ‘pens down’ time

Kate Tummarello and Alex Byers, POLITICO,  Monday, January 25, 2016

It’s now T-minus seven days until Europe's self-imposed deadline for replacing the transatlantic data-transfer agreement invalidated this fall by the European Union's highest court. The focus of the debate over the last few days has been at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, where U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker provided her most detailed read-out yet on the U.S.'s "comprehensive offer" to Europe. It includes "seven pathways for EU citizens to address their concerns" about how U.S. companies handle their data. U.S. agencies, including the FTC, have agreed to "significant new frameworks and commitments."

Europe’s Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on U.S. Tech Giants

Mark Scott, New York Times,  Monday, January 25, 2016

One thing is clear, she says: The practices of American businesses, and tech companies in particular, are squarely in her sights. “American companies do not have an immediate right to collect data on our citizens,” Ms. Falque-Pierrotin, 56, a blunt-speaking career civil servant, said recently in an interview, her voice increasingly animated. “If they are on our soil, then they need to live with the consequences.”

Gartner: Security will become the Main Driver for Gov’t Cloud Implementations

Erick Wingfield, CloudWedge,  Friday, January 22, 2016

By 2018, Gartner predicts that governments will make the transition to cloud due to increases in security features, defeating the popular notion that cloud services are only used by entities that would like to save money. Gartner also believes that more than 50% of government agencies will employ virtual assistants to help taxpayers and employees resolve tier 1 issues.

Microsoft vs. the Feds, Cloud Computing Edition

Elias Groll, Foreign Policy,  Friday, January 22, 2016

The dispute has emerged as a test case for the era of cloud computing, which allows customers of firms such as Amazon to store their data on a network of servers around the world and retrieve it at will. Microsoft is a major player in this rapidly growing industry, which brings in annual revenues of more than $20 billion. According to Synergy Research, the industry’s four major players — Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Google — control slightly more than half the cloud market, with Microsoft’s market share amounting to 12 percent.

Cybersecurity A Hot Topic At Davos

Laura Brodbeck, Yahoo Finance,  Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cybersecurity has been a hot-button issue in both the public and private sectors over the past year after a spate of hacking attacks left several companies in jeopardy and illustrated that the U.S. government is struggling to keep pace with hackers. With concerns about cyber-terrorism ramping up in the wake of several terror strikes around the world, the Word Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has become a battle ground for world leaders and tech firms to discuss how to protect each nation's security without compromising customers' privacy...