A Proposal to Improve Foreign Law Enforcement Access to US-Held Data

Andrew Woods, Just Security,  Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In its current form, ECPA acts as a blocking statute: It stops firms from complying directly with foreign law enforcement requests for their US-held data. In order to obtain this data, foreign law enforcement agents must ask the US government for mutual legal assistance, which typically takes months or years. Additionally, these foreign law enforcement requests are presented to a US judge and must satisfy an American due process standard. This understandably angers foreign states, who say they ought to be able to enforce their laws without satisfying an American legal standard before an American judge. The solution to this problem is to fix ECPA.

Microsoft Opens Private High-Speed Cloud Connections for Government

Jason Shueh, Government Technology,  Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Microsoft announced the addition of ExpressRoute to its Azure Government cloud. The connection tool is meant to manage petabytes of data (1 petabyte equals 1 million gigabytes), and the server connection bypasses the public Internet entirely. The obvious benefit of the feature is security, but marketing executives in Redmond, Wash., are also selling ExpressRoute on its big data processing capacity — something it reports to be 100 times faster, with data transfer speeds (throughput) at nearly 10 GB per second.

To Body Cam or Not, That is the Question

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Monday, September 28, 2015

Body cameras on institutional law enforcement have become all the rage nationally... Higher education is not an exception in this landscape. Sometimes cities within cities, universities and colleges require law enforcement just as they require physical power plants, facility, food and service management.

You can bet on cloud without going all-in

Jim Benson, Federal Times,  Monday, September 28, 2015

By now, the cloud is hardly some new thing to be approached with caution. In fact, adoption is growing so pervasive, that nearly two-thirds of global tech professionals say they expect their companies to run 100 percent of their IT in the cloud by 2020, according to industry research. Unfortunately, the federal government is far from moving forward with a similar transition: Most agencies are allocating 3 percent or less of their overall IT budget to cloud services, according to research conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Overall, the percentage of IT spending devoted to cloud services has only increased 1 percent in the last three years.

U.S. Defends Data-Share Pact With EU

Natalia Drozdiak, Wall Street Journal,  Monday, September 28, 2015

The U.S. on Monday rebutted recent allegations by a top adviser to the European Union’s highest court that the U.S. engages in mass surveillance of European citizens, pledging to continue to work with the EU toward updating a trans-Atlantic data-transfer pact. A nonbinding opinion last week by Yves Bot, an advocate general to the European Court of Justice, recommended that the court invalidate a long-standing agreement between the EU and the U.S., known as Safe Harbor.

Will big data make kids smarter?

Fred Churchvill, Tech Target SOA Blog,  Saturday, September 26, 2015

Unfortunately, at the moment, the field of education is “almost a data-free zone,” according to Henry Kelley, former chief scientist at the Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA), saying that the space is plagued by small sample sizes, flawed methods and a lack of testing methods that generate needed data. But big data is making an entrance nonetheless.

The Cloud Gets More Popular and Complex

Steve Towns, Government Technology,  Saturday, September 26, 2015

After some initial skepticism, government agencies are embracing the cloud. That’s putting pressure on public-sector IT organizations to deliver a new class of cloud solutions to their customers. Georgia is a good example. With agency customers asking both for more and more complex cloud services, the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) is developing an enterprise approach to cloud, and thinking about the type of support and resources agencies will need to deploy more sophisticated cloud services successfully and securely.

Google Said to Be Under U.S. Antitrust Scrutiny Over Android

David McLaughlin, Bloomberg Business,  Friday, September 25, 2015

Google Inc. is back under U.S. antitrust scrutiny as officials ask whether the tech giant stifled competitors’ access to its Android mobile-operating system, said two people familiar with the matter. The Federal Trade Commission reached an agreement with the Justice Department to spearhead an investigation of Google’s Android business, the people said. FTC officials have met with technology company representatives who say Google gives priority to its own services on the Android platform, while restricting others, added the people, who asked for anonymity because the matter is confidential.

DHS working with FedRAMP, CIO Council to boost agency use of cloud computing services

Dibya Sarkar, Fierce Government IT,  Friday, September 25, 2015

With FedRAMP and several agencies, DHS is developing recommendations for additional security controls to establish a "high confidentiality, high integrity high availability in cloud environments," he said during a congressional hearing in San Antonio on cloud adoption by agencies.

EU launches inquiry into web companies' online behavior

Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Thursday, September 24, 2015

The European Commission on Thursday launched an inquiry into the behavior of online companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to try to gauge whether there is a need to regulate the web. The public consultation seeks answers on a broad range of issues, from the contractual restrictions online groups may impose on other businesses, for example, companies seeking to display ads, to how proactive they should be in removing illegal content online.