Europe’s Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on U.S. Tech Giants

Mark Scott, New York Times,  Monday, January 25, 2016

One thing is clear, she says: The practices of American businesses, and tech companies in particular, are squarely in her sights. “American companies do not have an immediate right to collect data on our citizens,” Ms. Falque-Pierrotin, 56, a blunt-speaking career civil servant, said recently in an interview, her voice increasingly animated. “If they are on our soil, then they need to live with the consequences.”

Demand for body-worn cameras must be met with highest standards of data security

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Friday, January 22, 2016

A group of unlikely allies came together in Washington this week to discuss the best ways to implement body-worn cameras at law enforcement agencies across the country. The event featured speakers from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National District Attorneys Association, the ACLU and other organizations. The participants discussed creating and managing body-worn camera programs and addressed the need for the highest data security and privacy protections for body-worn camera video.

Gartner: Security will become the Main Driver for Gov’t Cloud Implementations

Erick Wingfield, CloudWedge,  Friday, January 22, 2016

By 2018, Gartner predicts that governments will make the transition to cloud due to increases in security features, defeating the popular notion that cloud services are only used by entities that would like to save money. Gartner also believes that more than 50% of government agencies will employ virtual assistants to help taxpayers and employees resolve tier 1 issues.

Microsoft vs. the Feds, Cloud Computing Edition

Elias Groll, Foreign Policy,  Friday, January 22, 2016

The dispute has emerged as a test case for the era of cloud computing, which allows customers of firms such as Amazon to store their data on a network of servers around the world and retrieve it at will. Microsoft is a major player in this rapidly growing industry, which brings in annual revenues of more than $20 billion. According to Synergy Research, the industry’s four major players — Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Google — control slightly more than half the cloud market, with Microsoft’s market share amounting to 12 percent.

Cybersecurity A Hot Topic At Davos

Laura Brodbeck, Yahoo Finance,  Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cybersecurity has been a hot-button issue in both the public and private sectors over the past year after a spate of hacking attacks left several companies in jeopardy and illustrated that the U.S. government is struggling to keep pace with hackers. With concerns about cyber-terrorism ramping up in the wake of several terror strikes around the world, the Word Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has become a battle ground for world leaders and tech firms to discuss how to protect each nation's security without compromising customers' privacy...

The fight for the privacy of students and cellphone users moves to US states

John Ribeiro, PC World,  Thursday, January 21, 2016

The fight for privacy is moving to U.S. states with 16 states and the District of Columbia introducing legislation on Wednesday that address issues such as requiring permission before student data is shared for non-educational purposes and the requirement of warrants before using cell site simulators to track phone users.

Moving forward on accessibility: Announcing new structure and leads

Brad Smith, Microsoft on the Issues,  Thursday, January 21, 2016

As we’ve discussed over the past year, accessibility is core to our mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and we are committed to delivering great technologies that enable people to lead richer lives.

Using data to combat terrorism

Ed Black (CCIA), The Hill,  Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fighting terrorism and aiding law enforcement investigations with the appropriate support of the technology industry should be a priority for our political leaders. The Senate has an opportunity this month to advance that goal by passing key legislation that the House already passed last year—the Judicial Redress Act of 2015. The bill is now scheduled for markup tomorrow by the Senate Judiciary Committee. On its surface, the bill is simply about affording the citizens of several allied countries some legal rights regarding the accuracy and disclosure of information held by government agencies—similar to those U.S. citizens have in most European courts.

Take-up of cloud storage in Europe affected by privacy issues

Bryan Betts, Computer Weekly,  Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cloud storage is hot, so we are told. It will rejuvenate your company, offload all that troublesome and expensive on-premise hardware, and help you ready staff and applications for Generation Mobile. But when we look at European organisations, we see a somewhat different – and, dare one say it, more realistic and nuanced – response to the preachings of the technology evangelists.

Bigger than Safe Harbor: Microsoft prez vows to take down US gov in data protection lawsuit

Andrew Orlowski, The Register,  Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Europeans should sit up and take more notice of Microsoft’s lawsuit against the US government over secret access to their data. Why? Because it affects much more of their data than the Safe Harbour case, according to Microsoft president and lead counsel Brad Smith. “The Department of Justice does not need to wait for data to come to the United States to examine it,” he explained. “It can force countries to give it your data without disclosing that access to government, or complying with any European law.”