Google to give closed-door briefing on policy changes

Byron Acohido, USA Today,  Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Google CEO Larry Page won't be testifying before Congress this week. In response to an invitation last week from Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., who asked Page to appear and explain the company's user policy changes, two other Google executives will appear.

Lawmakers say questions remain about Google’s policy

Cecilia Kang, Post Tech, The Washington Post,  Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lawmakers said Tuesday that they still have questions regarding Google’s privacy policies after receiving an explanatory letter from the company. Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) both said they had lingering questions about the policy, particularly about whether the company will allow its account holders to opt out of data collection and integration between its services.

In letter to Congress, Google defends privacy changes

Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld,  Tuesday, January 31, 2012

In a letter sent to eight members of Congress, Google yesterday defended its move to consolidate its privacy policies and users' personal information. The 13-page letter explains Google's decision to alter its privacy policies and answers specific questions from the legislators. In sum, Google contended that its approach to privacy has not changed, that users still have control over how they use the company's various online services, and that private information remains private.

Google Apps are not affected by new the universal privacy policy except when they are

Kevin Purdy, TechRepublic,  Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Takeaway: On one hand, new universal privacy policies do not apply Google Apps users; on the other hand it does, depending on where you look.

Richard Falkenrath on Cybersecurity, Liability

Richard A. Falkenrath by Richard A. Falkenrath, Chertoff Group
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Richard Falkenrath, a principal at the Chertoff Group and a Bloomberg Television contributing editor, talks about the findings of a Bloomberg Government study on cybersecurity.

Senate to Debate Again When and How Government Seizes the Cloud

Scott M. Fulton, III, ReadWriteCloud,  Monday, January 30, 2012

The rapid migration by U.S. government agencies to cloud-based architectures is producing radical, and potentially beneficial, changes to these agencies' management structures. Costs are coming down, and as some agencies are just now realizing, security and resiliency could be going up. But the very concept of cloud infrastructure is something that legislators have yet to become familiar with.

Data, Data everywhere and not a drop to drink, why cloud hosters will change security forever

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, Creative Technology & Innovation
Monday, January 30, 2012

In a hosting scenario there are two new layers of complexity that offer interesting albeit not stronger security scenarios.

Is government procurement ready for the cloud?

Alan Joch, Federal Computer Week,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Mention cloud computing to true believers and you’ll likely hear all about speed and agility. They'll tell you that agencies can simply dial IT services up or down as needed to quickly support new mission plans or workload changes. As a bonus, agencies pay only for what they use instead of bankrolling the often idle, over-provisioned computing capacity common in most data centers.

Cloud computing expected to spur job creation

Camille Tuutti, Federal Computer Week,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Cloud computing will create significant employment opportunities worldwide, with the United States expected to invest the most in this area, according to new analysis.

Google privacy impact on feds becomes clearer

Alice Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Responding to an outcry over its new privacy policy, Google is now offering tips on how users can minimize the profiling of their personal information. But federal users still may be vulnerable to new risks under the policy, experts said.