Privacy Shield: US companies have time to update data sharing contracts

Cerys Wyn Davies,,  Monday, July 25, 2016

US businesses intending to sign up to the new EU-US Privacy Shield within the first two months of it becoming operational can do so without first having to update arrangements for sharing data with others. However, they will only have a limited time in which to put new contracts in place.

Microsoft Search Warrant Case Is A Win For Privacy

Bradley Shear by Bradley Shear, Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Friday, July 22, 2016

The unanimous 3-0 ruling is a victory for not only personal privacy rights but also for the theory that people’s rights in the physical world should be extended to the digital world. This decision will have a tremendous impact on international technology service providers, social media platforms, apps, law enforcement, and individual users of mobile and cloud-based services.

Could face recognition be on police body-worn cameras by 2017?

Planet Biometrics,  Thursday, July 21, 2016

Law enforcement officials have commended plans to install face recognition on body-worn police cameras that could directly check against warrant records in the cloud.

Enterprise encryption adoption up, but the devil's in the details

Mark Gibbs, Network World,  Thursday, July 21, 2016

A new survey by the Ponemon Institute finds that enterprise-wide encryption strategies are accelerating but there are risks to consider.

A Breakthrough in Trans-Atlantic Data Flow and Privacy

Justin Antonipillai and Ted Dean,  Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Privacy Shield, as you may know, will guide how US and EU companies will protect the privacy of personal data of EU individuals that gets transmitted to our nation, and speed digital commerce across the Atlantic. Commerce has the lead on the US side to carry out the framework, working with other US agencies and our EU counterparts. For more details, see the Privacy Shield materials – Secretary Pritzker’s remarks, fact sheet and FAQs, and a guide for companies to sign up – posted July 12 on Also see our testimony to the European Commission on March 17, and my (Justin) speech to the TRUSTe Privacy Risk conference on June 8 in San Francisco.

How the feds helped build the cloud

David Chernicoff, Datacenter Dynamics,  Wednesday, July 20, 2016

By the end of 2016, as part of the DCOI, there will be a freeze on new data centers or significant data center expansions without direct approval of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of the CIO (OFCIO). Agencies will be required to use the following guidelines, in the order listed below, as part of their consolidation efforts...

Microsoft publishes CJIS Implementation Guidelines to help Law Enforcement Agencies

Rochelle Eichner, Microsoft Azure Government Blog,  Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) Implementation Guidelines is designed to provide insight into the CJIS security controls applicable to Microsoft Cloud services, and provide guidance to law enforcement agencies on where to access detailed information to assist in CJIS audits. This document provides guidelines and resources to assist CJIS Systems Agencies (CSA) and law enforcement agencies (LEA) in implementing and utilizing Microsoft Government Cloud features. The CJIS Implementation Guidelines are applicable for Azure Government, Office 365 Government and Dynamics CRM Online Government.

Can 18F's pass FedRAMP review?

Troy Schneider, FCW,  Tuesday, July 19, 2016

When the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program unveiled its new "FedRAMP Accelerated" process in March, 18F's project was one of three test drivers for the new approach. More than three months later, is still not through all the hoops.

The best cloud partnership: More security, savings and innovation

Michael Beckley, GCN,  Monday, July 18, 2016

As private companies race each other to replace outmoded IT systems with cloud services, the federal government falls further and further behind in cloud adoption. The usual culprits are easy to find: byzantine procurement and cloud certification requirements, IT and security leaders overestimating risks while underestimating savings and a culture that rewards outsourcing IT strategy -- and responsibility -- to the lowest bidder. But there are other factors as well.

Air travel: Why cloud-based biometrics must overtake the passport

Derek Northrope, The Stack,  Friday, July 15, 2016

Now we have a case where technological advances are required not to supplant geographic hurdles, but rather to process the ever-growing number of travelers who venture forth into a world where security has never been tighter and the risk of misidentifying a passenger has never been more consequential. Given this potentially overwhelming logistical challenge for security checkpoint agents and customs officials, we’re seeing a growing interest among travel authorities in one particular class of technology: biometrics.