How CIOs Can Prepare for Healthcare ‘Data Tsunami’

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The volume of healthcare data is growing at a staggering rate, bringing with it a host of technical, compliance and governance challenges for CIOs working in that sector. A recent report from EMC and the research firm IDC offers a few imaginative ways at visualizing that proliferation, anticipating an overall increase in health data of 48 percent annually.

How Microsoft’s battle with the Justice Department could reshape privacy laws (+video)

Jaikumar Vijayan, Christian Science Monitor,  Tuesday, December 16, 2014

“Seldom has a case below the Supreme Court attracted the breadth and depth of legal involvement we’re seeing today,” Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said Monday. “This case involves not a narrow legal question, but a broad policy issue that is fundamental to the future of global technology.” It is a position that has garnered widespread support from a variety of quarters. On Monday, a coalition of 28 leading technology companies, 35 computer scientists, and 23 trade associates filed a total of 10 amicus briefs in support of Microsoft. Among the companies throwing their legal weight behind Microsoft are AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., and Apple Inc.

Microsoft Takes on U.S. Government in Fight to Protect Consumers' Private Data

Shirley Brady, Brand Channel,  Monday, December 15, 2014

As consumers are increasingly aware how fragile their personal data is in the wake of hacks including Sony's current meltdown, Microsoft is backing a call for a new digital privacy law in the U.S.—and refusing to turn over private emails from its Irish data center to the U.S. government General counsel Brad Smith spoke out today in Washington for citizens' right to privacy of their data and the right for citizens' emails and other digital information to be protected by companies and the government, whether stored in the U.S., internationally or in the cloud. Microsoft is fighting the U.S. Justice Department over a warrant for data stored on a server in Ireland, and today noted in a blog post that the court has received supporting amicus briefs filed by other tech companies supporting its move, including Verizon, Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Salesforce, HP, eBay, Infor, AT&T, and Rackspace.

French researchers find that Android apps exploit permissions

Peter Sayer, PCWorld,  Monday, December 15, 2014

Android apps really do use those permissions they ask for to access users’ personal information. French researchers found that one online store records a phone’s location up to 10 times a minute. The tools to manage such access are limited, and inadequate given how much information phones can gather. In a recent study, ten volunteers used Android phones that tracked app behavior using a monitoring app, Mobilitics, developed by the French National Institute for Informatics Research (INRIA) in conjunction with the National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL).

Cloud Metrics Could Provide the Goldilocks Solution to Which Cloud Vendor Is 'Just Right'

National Journal,  Monday, December 15, 2014

As government agencies and other organizations invest in cloud computing services, they are challenged to determine which cloud provider and service will best meet their needs. As the nation's official measurement experts, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a guide to creating cloud metrics that could aid decision makers in finding the cloud service that is "just right." The new NIST guide, which is being offered as a draft for public comment, proposes a model for developing metrics-objective measures of capabilities and performance-that cloud-shopping organizations can use to navigate a rapidly expanding marketplace.

Getting a Grip on Europe’s Concerns about Google

ICOMP,  Thursday, December 11, 2014

But it is irresponsible to try and make the Google case seem wider than it actually is. Google is being held to the same standards as other companies operating in Europe. There is no vendetta and no bias against US companies. The EU has adopted the Digital Agenda as a flagship policy. In that context there is a perfectly proper democratic debate taking place as to the best ways in which to apply existing laws to the digital economy, and to have a public discussion as to whether and, if so, in what ways to adapt the existing legislative framework to the needs of that economy.

Dancing around data

Maurice Stucke and Allen Grunes, The Hill,  Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A recent Pew study found that ninety-one percent of Americans say that they have “lost control” over how their personal information is collected or used by companies. Given that privacy trade-offs are so clearly a concern for the vast majority of Americans, it’s strange that there are no viable alternatives to the Internet giants that provide services free of charge, but at a heavy cost to our privacy. So why is it that the market has not responded to the privacy concerns that are so prevalent among American consumers? One major reason is that our own antitrust authorities are not looking at the amassing of data. Privacy and competition issues shouldn’t neatly fall into distinct compartments – but most enforcers have blithely left them there.

Top 5 Things You’ll See In Cloud Platforms In 2015

Allen Leinwand, Business2Community,  Wednesday, December 10, 2014

While the public cloud wars continue to rage among Google, Amazon and Microsoft, in 2015 we’re likely to see a quiet storm gathering around enterprises adopting cloud platforms. Cloud platforms are typically less understood architecture but serve as a growing greenfield for enterprise innovation, application creation and business agility. Why is the platform coming into its own? Look at these milestones around domain maturity and growth...

U.K. Court Case Against Google Could Clarify Law On Private Data

Natasha Lomas, Tech Crunch,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A spokesman for the ICO told TechCrunch it is interested in the case because it raises issues about the jurisdiction for serving civil claims on foreign companies. He said the specific question of interest here is: when Google is processing personal information in the U.K. at what point is it covered by U.K. law and when might that data processing be considered to be outside U.K. law. The ICO has submitted written evidence to the High Court to provide clarification about what is classed as personal data, under the U.K.’s Data Protection Act, and on when personal data processing is taking place.

Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law

Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

EU lawmakers want the law to cover only sectors that they consider critical, such as energy, transport and finance. But the Commission - the EU executive - and some countries, such as Germany and France, are pushing to include cloud providers, social networks, search engines and e-commerce platforms because of their widespread use by people and businesses.