Google to change privacy policy after investigation by UK data watchdog

Leila Abboud, Reuters,  Friday, January 30, 2015

Search engine Google has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an investigation by Britain's data protection regulator found its privacy policy was too vague. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said in a statement on Friday that it required Google to sign a "formal undertaking" that it would make the changes by June 30 and take further steps in the next two years.

China to boost cloud computing

Xinhua News Agency,  Friday, January 30, 2015

The State Council, China's cabinet, issued guidance on Friday on development of cloud computing. China intends to markedly boost cloud computing capacity by 2017, developing an Internet power by 2020, with cloud computing as its backbone. Synthesized development of cloud computing, mobile Internet, the Internet of things and Internet financing will cultivate new businesses.

FedRAMP releases draft for higher security cloud computing authorization, seeks public input

Dibya Sarkar, Fierce Government IT,  Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The federal government Jan. 27 released a long-awaited draft document that establishes a high baseline of security controls for cloud computing service providers, allowing them to host some of the federal government's most sensitive information. The draft was released by the Joint Authorization Board of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, the government-wide program that is standardizing cloud security assessment and authorization. The JAB is made up of the chief information officers of the Homeland Security and Defense departments and the General Services Administration.

FTC Recommends Limits on Data Collection Via Internet of Things

Elizabeth Dwoskin, Wall Street Journal,  Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In a much-anticipated report on the so-called-Internet of Things, the Federal Trade Commission laid out on Tuesday steps businesses can take to protect consumers’ privacy. The first is to build security into devices at the outset, rather than as an afterthought. Other recommendations include: vetting partners for how they handle consumer data, taking measures to keep unauthorized users from accessing personal information stored on the network, and monitoring and patching connected devices throughout their expected life cycle.

Google on board for DoD contract bid

Bernie Monegain, Healthcare IT News,  Thursday, January 15, 2015

Google is a key contender – part of the PwC team – bidding on the massive 10-year federal contract to build an electronic health record system for the Department of Defense. PwC announced the collaboration with Google Thursday. Google had been part of the team from the start, Dan Garrett, PwC's health IT leader, told Healthcare IT News. "They were part of our submission in our original proposal," he said. "Since the proposal, we've also cemented a broader relationship between the two firms. And, we thought it was appropriate now to make the rest of the world aware of the submission that we had made."

Obama offers new legislative agenda on cybersecurity

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times,  Tuesday, January 13, 2015

President Barack Obama released a legislative plan Tuesday to boost the nation's cybersecurity posture by incentivizing information sharing between the private and public sector and establishing new tools for law enforcement. The centerpiece Tuesday was a push to reinvigorate cybersecurity legislation first proposed in 2011. At that time, legislative efforts stalled due to concerns over information sharing and consumer privacy.

White House to Propose Consumer Cybersecurity Measures

Byron Tau, Wall Street Journal,  Monday, January 12, 2015

President Barack Obama will announce a handful of new consumer cybersecurity proposals on Monday, citing the growing threat of identity theft, data breaches and online fraud to Americans.In a speech at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, Mr. Obama will unveil two legislative proposals designed to protect consumers’ personal and financial information, as well as the privacy ofstudent data collected by schools and corporations. “Recent polls show that nine in 10 Americans feel they have in some way lost control of their personal information—and that can lead to less interaction with technology, less innovation, and a less productive economy,” the White House said in a statement. The proposals, which would outline corporate responsibilities in the event of a data breach and curtail companies’ ability to sell student data or advertise to students, will need a vote from Congress.

Halvorsen formalizes new DOD cloud procurement policy

Sean Lyngaas, FCW,  Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Acting Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen has issued a memo outlining the Pentagon’s new cloud procurement policy, formally allowing the military services and other DOD agencies to procure commercial cloud services rather than leaving that authority to the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Joint statement of the European Data Protection Authorities Assembled in the Article29 working party

The European Data Governance Forum,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Because of its common history and culture,Europe must make its voice heard in terms of ensuring that fundamental rights,including the rights to privacy and data protection, are respected without obstructing innovation or the need to ensure security in our society. In this context, the independent Data Protection Authorities assembled in the EUArticle 29 Working Party (WP29) want to deliver several key messages on how to address this global challenge. Therefore, the Article 29 Working Party, on its plenary meeting of 25 November 2014, has adopted the following declaration...

Obama announces funding for 50,000 police body cameras

Russell Brandom, The Verge,  Monday, December 01, 2014

In an announcement today, the White House has pledged $263 million in new federal funding for police training and body cameras, set aside by executive order. The money includes $75 million allocated specifically for the purchase 50,000 cameras for law enforcement officers across the country. The new funding push is substantial, but 50,000 cameras will cover only a fraction of the more than 750,000 police officers currently employed in America. Camera proposals have also run into trouble with public records laws in states like Washington, which require the release of all police records not actively tied up in an investigation. With hundreds of hours of video generated by police cameras every day, that would present serious problems for both privacy and simple logistics.