Tuesday, October 01, 2013
A recent study conducted by SafeGov.org found broad support for the idea that children using cloud services at school may require enhanced protections to comply with European privacy standards. The study drew on in-depth interviews with over a dozen representatives from European Data Protection Authorities, as well as a number of European Commission officials who were involved in the development of data protection policies. “The use of commercial cloud services by public organizations in Europe is growing, and while the benefits of such adoption are indisputable—ease of use, cost and simplicity—the public sector contains certain particularly vulnerable user populations whose privacy requires special protection,” the report summarized.
Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Monday, September 30, 2013
To lower costs and increase efficiencies a growing number of educational institutions are transitioning from utilizing internal servers to external cloud based services. Well known technology companies such as Amazon, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle are competing to become the go-to cloud service provider for schools.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
SafeGov today addressed a letter to France’s Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL) and the Chairman of the Article 29 Working Party of European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) requesting that they investigate possible violations of the privacy rights of European school children.
Benjamin Herold, Education Week, Thursday, September 26, 2013
The growing use of remote, Internet-based cloud computing services by European schools is putting students there at risk of being "tracked and profiled for online advertising purposes," concludes a new report by SafeGov.org, an online forum for IT industry experts.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Many of us have been following a legal case being fought in California in which 10 plaintiffs are suing Google over its practice of scanning the content of private Gmail messages for the purposes of showing ads related to the content of the user’s email.
Mali Friedman, Inside Privacy, Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Earlier this month, we blogged about the California Senate’s passage of the bill titled “Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World", which prohibits certain targeted advertising to California minors and requires that minors be allowed to delete materials they have posted online. Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation, and it will become effective January 1, 2015. For information about the specifics of the new law, please refer to our earlier blog post here. You can find other press coverage here.
Survey of European data protection officials shows European school children require stronger privacy protection
Monday, September 23, 2013
Children using cloud computing technologies at school are at risk of privacy violations if they don’t receive special protection, according to a new survey of European data protection officials released today by SafeGov.org.
Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The terms and conditions of a digital service provider are extremely important because they govern their legal obligations to their customers. Businesses, governments, and schools are moving from internal servers to cloud based platforms and with this change in platforms comes a concern regarding the privacy and security of sensitive corporate, government, and personal identifiable information.
The Chertoff Group
Monday, September 16, 2013
By Western standards, Africa's IT infrastructure remains severely underdeveloped, limiting economic opportunities in most African countries. While the creation of a traditional large scale IT infrastructure would be prohibitively expensive, the deployment of cloud computing technologies offers Africa the opportunity to quickly develop a robust and flexible IT infrastructure at a fraction of the cost. Just as cellphones have allowed Africa to bypass traditional wired communications, the cloud would allow Africa to bypass the bulky “hub and spoke” server infrastructure of the recent past. However, such a deployment requires the creation of a legal infrastructure which safeguards personal information and allows for smooth data transfers across international borders.