Privacy

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.

Bill to protect student privacy introduced in Congress

Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Two members of Congress today introduced legislation intended to keep the burgeoning education technology industry from selling data on students, or using it to steer targeted advertising. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, and Jared Polis, D-Colorado, said the proposed Student Data Privacy and Parental Rights Act would prevent misuse of personal information submitted by students and parents to educational websites and apps, while allowing innovation in K-12 classrooms to flourish.

European disintegration threatens business on the internet

Richard Allan (Facebook), Financial Times,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

National regulators in a number of countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands, appear to be initiating multiple, overlapping investigations of Facebook, revisiting basic questions about how our services work. In effect, this would mark a return to national regulation. If it is allowed to stand, complying with EU law will no longer be enough; businesses will instead have to comply with 28 independently shifting national variants. They would have to predict the enforcement agenda in each country.

Facebook, Google, Microsoft ask Congress to pass privacy rights for Europeans

Julian Hattem, The Hill,  Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Major tech companies are joining with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to urge lawmakers to extend American privacy protections to foreigners in Europe. Nearly two years after Edward Snowden’s leaks about U.S. spying, Silicon Valley is still struggling from foreign distrust, companies wrote to congressional leaders on Tuesday. But extending data protections to citizens in other nations would go a long way to rebuilding that bridge and providing some security for American businesses.

Companies Sniff Out Employees’ Cloud Habits

Rachael King, CIO,  Monday, April 27, 2015

Companies, looking to protect their data and networks from cloud arrangements made by employees, are turning to technology that can sniff out cloud services that are lurking, unbeknownst to the IT department, on corporate networks. Chief information security officers use the technology, offered by so-called cloud access security brokers, to enforce policies such as blocking risky services or encrypting data before it is uploaded to the cloud.