Microsoft cloud system wins EU privacy regulators’ approval

James Fontanella-Khan, Financial Times,  Thursday, April 10, 2014

Microsoft’s privacy changes to its online enterprise cloud storage system won EU regulators’ approval for meeting the bloc’s stringent data protection standards, a move that could force rivals to follow suit.

Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data

European Data Protection Supervisor,  Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The collection and control of massive amounts of personal data are a source of market power for the biggest players in the global market for internet services, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today. Personal information has become a form of currency to pay for so-called 'free' online services and is a valuable intangible asset for an increasing number of companies doing business in the EU. This requires closer interaction between different regulators.

Parliament must speed up internal processes to push forward with G-Cloud

Caroline Baldwin, ComputerWeekly,  Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Parliament needs to speed up its internal decision-making processes to continue taking advantage of G-Cloud, said director of Parliamentary ICT Joan Miller.

Microsoft agrees to ‘cloud’ changes for schools

SwissInfo.ch,  Thursday, March 20, 2014

Swiss schools may soon start using a Microsoft cloud-computing service after a deal was sealed between the tech giant and Swiss officials and appropriate changes made to ensure adherence to strict data protection guidelines.

Europe approves new data protection law, tech industry reps dismayed

Jennifer Baker, IDG News Service,  Wednesday, March 12, 2014

European politicians voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday in favor of new laws safeguarding citizens' data.

Deutsche Telekom partners with CipherCloud on enterprise cloud security

Jonathan Brandon, BusinessCloud News,  Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Deutsche Telekom and cloud security firm CipherCloud announced a partnership Wednesday that will see the German telco move to deploy servers running the CipherCloud encryption gateway, which will be offered as a service to enterprise cloud customers through its IT-focused subsidiary T-Systems.

Is Ireland the First “Cloud Haven”?

H. Bryan Cunningham by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Thursday, February 27, 2014

If you’re looking to launch a cloud-based venture, Ireland wants you to know it’s open for business. Very open. Not just a tax haven, mind you, Ireland wants to be very clear about that, given allegations to the contrary in the US Congress last year. In late 2013, Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency, chartered to attract foreign business to the island, pushed back hard on allegations that companies establish “headquarters” in Ireland in order to render themselves immune from corporate tax. The IDA stressed, in a Venture Beat Op-Ed, that, while it’s 12.5 percent corporate tax rate is attractive there is far more to recommend Ireland as a “cloud haven.”

Public sector spending on G-Cloud tops £92m

Michael Passingham, V3.co.uk,  Friday, February 07, 2014

The public sector spent £11.15m on IT purchases made through the G-Cloud procurement platform in December, as the scheme nears a grand total spend of £100m. The G-Cloud procurement platform is intended to level the playing field for smaller IT suppliers battling against established giants for contracts, and 56 percent of the £92.65m total spend has gone to small and medium-sized IT suppliers. But the biggest deals of December went to larger companies.

New Year’s Resolution for EU: Don’t Kill Safe Harbor

H. Bryan Cunningham by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Friday, January 24, 2014

As the year changes, everyone makes lists. Here’s mine: the top 5 reasons the EU would be wrong to kill Safe Harbor. I hope EU politicians will resolve to consider them before dropping lumps of coal into their citizens’ privacy stockings. Their threat to terminate the Safe Harbor program: is based on inaccurate information; would destroy one of the few effective US legal tools to protect EU citizens’ privacy; would heavily burden US companies and trans-Atlantic commerce; has no chance to stop NSA spying-- the professed goal; and is ill-timed given now that the US government now is starting to police itself.

Google - EU Privacy Dispute May Affect US Law

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Friday, January 24, 2014

A European Union dispute with Google over its privacy policy has US lawmakers considering even stricter privacy protections.