Landmark ECJ data protection ruling could impact Facebook and Google

Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian,  Friday, October 02, 2015

The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that if a company operates a service in the native language of a country, and has representatives in that country, then it can be held accountable by the country’s national data protection agency despite not being headquartered in the country.

5 tips for securing apps across multiple clouds

Rutrell Yasin, Fedscoop,  Thursday, October 01, 2015

Creating a hybrid cloud computing environment – one that relies on a mix of on-premises and public cloud services – holds out the promise of greater flexibility for federal agencies on where to run diverse workloads and applications. It also promises greater computing economies. But enforcing policies and security controls between and among multiple clouds can be tricky business. Agency managers can encounter a myriad of challenges as they use multiple cloud providers in conjunction with their own internal private cloud infrastructure. Issues surrounding compliance, data flow and protection, security, and visibility o

Google, Microsoft Resolve Patent Fight Over Phones, Xbox

Susan Decker and Dina Bass, Bloomberg,  Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have agreed to end their long-running patent feud over smartphones and video game systems, dropping about 20 lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany. The companies pledged in a statement to work together in other ways related to intellectual property, including development of a royalty-free, video-compression technology to speed downloads, in an initiative that also involves Inc. and Netflix Inc. They will also lobby for specific rules on a unified patent system throughout Europe.

A Proposal to Improve Foreign Law Enforcement Access to US-Held Data

Andrew Woods, Just Security,  Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In its current form, ECPA acts as a blocking statute: It stops firms from complying directly with foreign law enforcement requests for their US-held data. In order to obtain this data, foreign law enforcement agents must ask the US government for mutual legal assistance, which typically takes months or years. Additionally, these foreign law enforcement requests are presented to a US judge and must satisfy an American due process standard. This understandably angers foreign states, who say they ought to be able to enforce their laws without satisfying an American legal standard before an American judge. The solution to this problem is to fix ECPA.

Microsoft Opens Private High-Speed Cloud Connections for Government

Jason Shueh, Government Technology,  Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Microsoft announced the addition of ExpressRoute to its Azure Government cloud. The connection tool is meant to manage petabytes of data (1 petabyte equals 1 million gigabytes), and the server connection bypasses the public Internet entirely. The obvious benefit of the feature is security, but marketing executives in Redmond, Wash., are also selling ExpressRoute on its big data processing capacity — something it reports to be 100 times faster, with data transfer speeds (throughput) at nearly 10 GB per second.

To Body Cam or Not, That is the Question

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Monday, September 28, 2015

Body cameras on institutional law enforcement have become all the rage nationally... Higher education is not an exception in this landscape. Sometimes cities within cities, universities and colleges require law enforcement just as they require physical power plants, facility, food and service management.

You can bet on cloud without going all-in

Jim Benson, Federal Times,  Monday, September 28, 2015

By now, the cloud is hardly some new thing to be approached with caution. In fact, adoption is growing so pervasive, that nearly two-thirds of global tech professionals say they expect their companies to run 100 percent of their IT in the cloud by 2020, according to industry research. Unfortunately, the federal government is far from moving forward with a similar transition: Most agencies are allocating 3 percent or less of their overall IT budget to cloud services, according to research conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Overall, the percentage of IT spending devoted to cloud services has only increased 1 percent in the last three years.

U.S. Defends Data-Share Pact With EU

Natalia Drozdiak, Wall Street Journal,  Monday, September 28, 2015

The U.S. on Monday rebutted recent allegations by a top adviser to the European Union’s highest court that the U.S. engages in mass surveillance of European citizens, pledging to continue to work with the EU toward updating a trans-Atlantic data-transfer pact. A nonbinding opinion last week by Yves Bot, an advocate general to the European Court of Justice, recommended that the court invalidate a long-standing agreement between the EU and the U.S., known as Safe Harbor.

Will big data make kids smarter?

Fred Churchvill, Tech Target SOA Blog,  Saturday, September 26, 2015

Unfortunately, at the moment, the field of education is “almost a data-free zone,” according to Henry Kelley, former chief scientist at the Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA), saying that the space is plagued by small sample sizes, flawed methods and a lack of testing methods that generate needed data. But big data is making an entrance nonetheless.

The Cloud Gets More Popular and Complex

Steve Towns, Government Technology,  Saturday, September 26, 2015

After some initial skepticism, government agencies are embracing the cloud. That’s putting pressure on public-sector IT organizations to deliver a new class of cloud solutions to their customers. Georgia is a good example. With agency customers asking both for more and more complex cloud services, the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) is developing an enterprise approach to cloud, and thinking about the type of support and resources agencies will need to deploy more sophisticated cloud services successfully and securely.