Agencies increasingly see the cloud’s silver lining

Josh Jaquish, GCN,  Thursday, April 28, 2016

The openness to new technology is a shift for a sector that has traditionally felt that “serving the common good” meant ensuring data security via private networks. Perhaps the openness to new technology can be attributed to concerns stemming from high-profile data security breaches of recent years -- JP Morgan Chase, Target and even the U.S. government -- being several examples.

Intelligence community launches classified marketplace for cloud technology

Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio,  Thursday, April 28, 2016

The U.S. intelligence community has just opened a new marketplace for cloud applications, the idea being to let analysts and developers test-drive thousands of commercial data analytic tools for a pittance and without waiting for their agencies to make large commitments of time and money via usual government procurement channels.

U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power

Dustin Volz, Reuters,  Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would allow U.S. judges to issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction, despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts transmitted the rules to Congress, which will have until Dec. 1 to reject or modify the changes to the federal rules of criminal procedure. If Congress does not act, the rules would take effect automatically.

Email privacy bill passes Congress with flying colors

Mariella Moon, Engadget,  Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act, which updates the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Under ECPA, authorities are allowed to request for old emails with only a subpoena instead of a warrant. The new bill's advocates argue that ECPA is incredibly outdated at this point in time and the subpoena loophole should be closed.

Secretly Searching The Cloud

Larry Elkin, Palisades Hudson,  Wednesday, April 27, 2016

...the government wants to make data providers its agents in gathering intelligence and cloaking its activities. It attacks companies like Microsoft and Apple for having business motives for imposing encryption and resisting sweeping demands for data and secrecy – as though the business motive of protecting customers’ privacy is somehow suspect.

New Education Law Opens Door to Education Data

Lauren Camera. US News,  Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The new federal education law allows states and school districts to press the reset button on an array of education policies, and some advocates are urging policymakers and education officials to take advantage of the opportunity to effectively use student data to improve learning and teaching.

Privacy and the digital economy are at odds

Livemint,  Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Allowing tech companies to continue innovating and creating this public good while protecting user rights will not be easy. And it will be complicated further by multiple factors: shifting perceptions of digital privacy with millions of users showing little concern about signing their data over as long as they get a good deal for it; sovereignty and security concerns about US government access to the data that has elevated data flows to the realm of diplomacy and brought about deals like the US-EU Privacy Shield agreement.

Working together in Europe makes us stronger

Stephen Orfei, The Hill,  Tuesday, April 26, 2016

As we have seen in recent years, trouble often looms when stakeholders get confused by non-standard approaches to payment security. The push-and-tug of competing standards, laws, regulations and variations between countries and regions can bog companies down with trying to figure out what to do without getting clobbered by a breach and its devastating fallout. With that challenge in mind, the PCI-ECPA strategic partnership hopes to simplify the path to greater data security by helping all stakeholders achieve their goals – including governments and regulatory agencies.

The Privacy Vs. Security Debate Is Alive and Well in Higher Ed

Aletha Noonan, EdTech,  Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hackers have it out for higher ed. In 2015, cybercriminals disabled networks or stole student data at some of the most established institutions in the country, attacking community colleges and Ivy League universities without discrimination. And already this year, major cybersecurity breaches have compromised the names, Social Security numbers and student ID numbers of thousands of higher ed students and staff.

UK information commissioner weighs in on Privacy Shield

Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly,  Monday, April 25, 2016

It would be “very sensible” if both the EU and the US answered the questions European data protection authorities are asking about the Privacy Shield pact, according to the UK information commissioner.