Joint statement of the European Data Protection Authorities Assembled in the Article29 working party

The European Data Governance Forum,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Because of its common history and culture,Europe must make its voice heard in terms of ensuring that fundamental rights,including the rights to privacy and data protection, are respected without obstructing innovation or the need to ensure security in our society. In this context, the independent Data Protection Authorities assembled in the EUArticle 29 Working Party (WP29) want to deliver several key messages on how to address this global challenge. Therefore, the Article 29 Working Party, on its plenary meeting of 25 November 2014, has adopted the following declaration...

U.K. Court Case Against Google Could Clarify Law On Private Data

Natasha Lomas, Tech Crunch,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A spokesman for the ICO told TechCrunch it is interested in the case because it raises issues about the jurisdiction for serving civil claims on foreign companies. He said the specific question of interest here is: when Google is processing personal information in the U.K. at what point is it covered by U.K. law and when might that data processing be considered to be outside U.K. law. The ICO has submitted written evidence to the High Court to provide clarification about what is classed as personal data, under the U.K.’s Data Protection Act, and on when personal data processing is taking place.

Microsoft announces US general availability of Microsoft Azure Government

Microsoft News Center,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

With the importance of enabling citizen services at all levels of government while keeping costs contained, the Microsoft Cloud for Government services meet or exceed public sector security, privacy and compliance standards. In fact, Microsoft’s government cloud services have been designed from the ground up to help government agencies integrate disparate on-premises, cloud and data systems and enable seamless communication and collaboration to operate in this new cloud-first world.

Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law

Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

EU lawmakers want the law to cover only sectors that they consider critical, such as energy, transport and finance. But the Commission - the EU executive - and some countries, such as Germany and France, are pushing to include cloud providers, social networks, search engines and e-commerce platforms because of their widespread use by people and businesses.

Google's Kid-Friendly Sites Will Face Privacy Hazards

Allison Grande, Law 360,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Google Inc. confirmed last week that it is developing versions of YouTube and other popular sites that will be directed specifically to children under 13, a move that attorneys say will be laden with privacy pitfalls, including increased scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission and state regulators.

Microsoft unveils full suite of cloud offerings aimed at government

Greg Otto, Fedscoop,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Microsoft unveiled the full availability of its much-touted Azure Government Tuesday, combining three of its most popular services in one offering aimed at government users. The full capability includes Azure, Microsoft’s community cloud platform; Dynamics CRM Online, a customer relationship management tool; along with Office 365 for Government, giving Microsoft a holistic offering aimed at federal, state and local governments. “Through the completeness of this cloud, it really facilitates and will enable a transformation: that interconnectedness of security, your directory and putting together the solutions in a way that will really help propel you forward,” said Microsoft’s Vice President of the U.S. Public Sector Curt Kolcun.

Commentary: Not All Clouds Are Created Equal

Susie Adams, Fedscoop,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Since moving to the cloud is such a major operational shift, many organizations start their transition with a hybrid solution before moving all of their data to a private cloud. For others, a hybrid model offers the long-term flexibility to store more sensitive data within the agency’s firewall while leveraging the strength of a public cloud for less-sensitive information. Aside from public, private or hybrid solutions, there are also choices about which service model to use, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS). Each offers a range of application-hosting options, allowing governments to scale, or even eliminate, much of the work related to IT and network management so they can focus more on mission-critical projects.

France Wants EU Data Privacy Rules to ‘Balance’ U.S. Web Giants’ Power

Sam Schechner, WSJ Digits,  Monday, December 08, 2014

Speaking Monday at a conference in Paris organized by France’s data-protection agency, Mr. Valls said that France supports a tough new data-protection regulation currently being debated at a European level. The new regulation, which has been under consideration for years, is making progress toward a possible adoption next year. “We cannot let personal data-harvesting and exploitation develop in the absence of all rules,” Mr. Valls said. “Democratic values must prevail in the digital world. The law must apply.”

Will Government Regulation Kill the Internet of Things?

Jack Moore, Nextgov,  Monday, December 08, 2014

The government needs to update laws and regulations to accommodate the explosive growth of Internet-connected smart devices or risk falling behind the global technology curve. That's the view of a few tech-minded lawmakers who have turned their focus to the expanding web of objects and sensors that make up the so-called Internet of Things.

European Privacy Debate on Display in Paris

Mark Scott, New York Times,  Monday, December 08, 2014

European Union policy makers are demanding greater controls over how companies like Google and Facebook use personal information. At the same time, others would like to use those same laws to help European companies compete against their American rivals as a way to jump-start a sluggish economy.