U.S. Chamber: LEADS Act Seeks to Clarify Consumer Privacy Rights on Data Sought by Law Enforcement

U.S. Chamber of commerce Press Release,  Monday, February 23, 2015

“The Chamber applauds the re-introduction of this legislation so the nation can have a conversation on the complex issues we have not fully explored such as balancing consumer privacy rights with national security concerns when law enforcement seeks access to emails and other electronic communications stored online or in the cloud by third-party service providers. “The Chamber looks forward to working with Congress as they address this issue.”

The EU’s Path to Cloud Regulation

Pymnts.com,  Monday, February 23, 2015

By the end of 2015, Europe could change the way data is transferred across its Member States. The European Commission is knee-deep in exploring cloud computing regulations that would span the EU, but cloud technology often sparks fear of privacy breaches – especially within small businesses. The way B2B does business in Europe could change significantly with these cloud computing rules, and the Commission will need to juggle the concerns and needs of the industry as it looks to rain the benefits of the cloud upon all businesses.

Opinion: LEADS Act Can Save U.S. Innovation

Chris Versace, Fox Business,  Monday, February 23, 2015

With the situation locked and loaded, and the ability of American companies to compete on the world stage hanging in the balance, Congress needs no greater call to act. For those supporters of the Justice Department’s tactics, what would they say if Russia, China or North Korea requested similar information from an American company?

Google Agrees to Spot Checks by Italian Privacy Regulators

Alistair Barr and Sam Schechner, WSJ Digits,  Friday, February 20, 2015

A spokesman for the Italian authority said this is the first time in Europe that Google will be subject to regular checks to monitor progress. The regulator will get quarterly updates from Google and the ability to send a privacy officer for “on-the-spot checks” at Google’s Mountain View, Calif., offices. The regulator hasn’t decided yet how often it will visit the campus, the spokesman said. “It’s very troubling that Google needed the threat of legal action before it agreed to change its privacy policy to become more transparent about its data mining and profiling practices,” said Bradley Shear, an attorney specializing in privacy law. He questioned whether Google will voluntarily implement the same privacy measures elsewhere.

Pac Crest: Microsoft will gain cloud share as hybrid clouds boom

Eric Jhonsa, Seeking Alpha,  Friday, February 20, 2015

Though more complex to run that standard public cloud solutions, hybrid clouds are "likely to grow as a percentage of total cloud deployments in the next two to three years" due to strong corporate interest, argues Pac Crest's Brendan Barnicle. He expects Microsoft, which has made an aggressive hybrid cloud push via Azure and its integrations with various on-premise Microsoft products, to benefit.

Global privacy standards mean nothing until governments step up

J. Peter Bruzzese, InfoWorld,  Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Microsoft recently announced it's the first major cloud provider to adopt the global cloud privacy standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Auditors verified that Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, and Intune conform to the standard (ISO 27018) designed to protect personally identifiable information (PII) in the cloud, addressing a fear that users and businesses share in many countries -- especially users, businesses, and governments in Europe. But what does that compliance really get you? ISO 27018 is a good starting point to protect personal data, as Microsoft has outlined. But Microsoft has to do whatever legal authorities tell it, so its protections are subject to governments' often secret and inconsistent interpretations of their authority.

The Global Impact of the USA Freedom Act on Cloud Adoption

Vineet Jain, Cloud Tweaks,  Wednesday, February 18, 2015

While national security is a vital and valid concern, it is widely agreed that the current programs in place are overstepping boundaries and are in violation of Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights. One step further, I see the violation as the single ‘drop of water’ causing a very negative ripple effect all over the world. Businesses are suffering and so are the cloud providers who are servicing them. If the cloud companies are unable to protect their customers’ data efficiently, they will have a serious churn problem on their hands. Let’s take a look at some of the effects felt by businesses in the US and overseas as a result of the failed USA Freedom act:

Law Enforcement Access To Data Stored Abroad Act Introduced

Bradley Shear by Bradley Shear, Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The passage of the LEADS Act is needed not only to better protect digital privacy, but also from a business perspective. According to The New York Times, the U.S. cloud computing industry may lose tens of billions of dollars in business because international companies and governments have lost confidence in U.S. technology companies due to the NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed in 2013. Forrester Research has indicated that these losses could be as high as $180 billion dollars for U.S. based firms.

Intelligence In The Cloud: Lockheed Martin And Esri Cloud Deployment Enables Geospatial Information Sharing Across Intel Community

CNN Money / PR Newswire,  Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The deployment of the portal for Esri's ArcGIS geographic information system (GIS) provides a single environment for analysts to securely organize and share data throughout the intelligence community and Department of Defense. It's also the foundational step in consolidating multiple geospatial intelligence portals into the single NGA-provided portal, resulting in technology and license cost savings. This is NGA's second pioneering step in the cloud, after the agency moved their Map of the World application to the C2S environment late last year.

Safe Harbor's Final Reckoning May Begin Next Month

Sam Pfeifle, IAPP,  Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Late last week, Max Schrems, the Austrian law student who began Europe-v-Facebook and has seen his suit against the Irish DPA regarding Facebook's handling of his data forwarded all the way to the European Court of Justice, posted a somewhat cryptic tweet... Contacted directly, Schrems could only say that he'd been given a "heads up" from the courts and that he's bound by court rules that don't allow for public statements that might be construed as trying to influence public opinion around the case. As a refresher, at issue is whether U.S. intelligence programs, such as PRISM, which involve sharing by U.S. companies of EU citizen data with organizations like the NSA, violate the fundamental rights of those EU citizens. If the ECJ finds that they do, then Safe Harbor could be invalidated as a program for cross-border data transfer between the EU and U.S.