Squabbling Over Google’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Continues One Year on

Sam Schechner, WSJ Digits,  Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The squabbling over Europe’s right to be forgotten may have scarcely begun. One year after the European Union’s top court ruled that people could ask Google and other search engines to remove links in search results for their name, the Calif.-based search giant has set up a detailed process to comply, removing hundreds of thousands of links. But a bigger fight is continuing to simmer over how broadly the new European right should apply—one that could end up back in court.

Is the NSA's Big Data Program Authorized? Key Quotes from a Major Court Ruling

Daniel J. Solove by Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy
Friday, May 08, 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit just issued a 97-page ruling limiting the NSA's power to sweep up data about people's phone calls. The court held that the USA Patriot Act Section 215 doesn't authorize the kind of sweeping collection of phone call metadata that the NSA has been engaging in.

Shoring Up the ‘Online Titanic’

Eric Peters, The American Spectator,  Thursday, May 07, 2015

The LEADS act would bring Fourth Amendment protections to our private email. Who gets to read your mail? Under what conditions? In the pre-Internet days, these questions were answered easily. Defined, legally. Private correspondence was just that — private, between the letter writer and the intended recipient. Absent a court order — based on probable cause — no else was legally entitled to have a look.

Agency CIOs Need to Be Aware of the Dangers of Consumer Tech

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Thursday, May 07, 2015

Contrary to common belief, the problem is not security. Consumer tech and cloud data centers are no more vulnerable to hackers and accidental breaches than traditional enterprise IT shops. On the contrary, greater scale and scope of cloud operations require resources to deploy the best security expertise and tools available. This attribute will arguably make the cloud a safer platform for enterprises to secure their most valuable information than in-house facilities.

ISO 27018: Protecting privacy and national security too

H. Bryan Cunningham by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Broad adoption of international standards around the globe, by governments and other public institutions and, critically, by cloud providers and other private companies, can have multiple benefits. First, broadly accepted standards produced by a process involving a wide variety of stakeholders foster trust in the adequacy, fairness and sustainability of such rules. Needless to say, trust and fairness, in particular, are top-tier issues in cloud computing today.

How Google benefits from invasive apps that share Android customer data

Nathaniel Mott, PandoDaily,  Monday, May 04, 2015

Researchers tested some 2,000 free applications from across the Google Play Store’s 25 software categories, and in aggregate the apps reached out to 250,000 URLs.

Unhappy Anniversary, Google

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Thursday, April 30, 2015

In a year of tremendous growth, we can celebrate the innovations of Google along with advancements in education technology. In the meantime, with one year under Google’s belt since announcing that it would no longer scan student data for advertising purposes, unanswered questions remain at best, deception at worst – and until these questions are addressed, educational institutions have reason to proceed with caution.

U.S. Student Digital Data Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 Introduced

Bradley Shear by Bradley Shear, Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Earlier this year, I advocated for my home state of Maryland to enact a similar student privacy bill which was also modeled after California's SB 1177. I was very troubled to witness Facebook and Google (here is a link to the hearing where you will see that the representatives of these companies were actively trying to thwart passage of robust student privacy protections) advocate for amendments to gut the bill's privacy protections for our children. My hope is that Facebook, Google, etc... realize that their continued refusal to accept appropriate limits on student data collection, processing, and usage will continue to make parents suspicious about their motives for providing educational technology tools. These companies are two of the largest advertising entities in the world and their actions so far clearly demonstrate that they want access to personal student data for marketing purposes.

Courts docs show how Google slices users into “millions of buckets”

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Thursday, April 30, 2015

The first law of selling is to know your customer. This simple maxim has made Google into the world’s largest purveyor of advertisements, bringing in more ad revenue this year than all the world’s newspapers combined. What makes Google so valuable to advertisers is that it knows more about their customers — that is to say, about you — than anyone else.

The Next Privacy Fight Will Happen in the Cloud

Andrew Quinlan, Inside Sources,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The issue originates from an investigation by Justice against an Irish citizen. Information sought as part of the investigation was stored on a cloud computing system owned by an Irish company and hosted entirely in Ireland. Were the information requested a piece of paper instead of a byte of data, the Justice Department would be forced by treaty obligation to request that the Irish government obtain a warrant on its behalf to obtain the information. Such requests among allies are commonplace and are not a significant hurdle if the case has merit.