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.
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.
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.
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 A. Falkenrath,
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.
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.
Monday, January 30, 2012
In a hosting scenario there are two new layers of complexity that offer interesting albeit not stronger security scenarios.
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.
Alice Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week, Friday, January 27, 2012