A Cautionary Government Cloud Story--UK's G-Cloud. Does The "G" Stand For Gone?

Ben Kepes, Forbes,  Tuesday, January 27, 2015

All would appear, however, to not be well with the G-Cloud. This despite the program seemingly proving very effective. Indeed total G-Cloud sales amounted to £270m by the end of September 2014, averaging £22m a month. That’s more than double the £120m sales predicted by 2014/15 by the inaugural program director, Denise McDonagh, back in 2012. Despite this success however the initiative is being rebranded as a “Digital Marketplace” and the rebrand includes an overhaul of the back end platform that powers the marketplace. It seems that the pressure is on to morph G-Cloud into a much broader digital services store – perhaps a noble idea but one which will take the focus away from the simply, but highly effective, G-Cloud.

Interview: Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s new competition chief

Lewis Crofts, MLex,  Friday, January 23, 2015

In an exclusive interview with MLex, Margrethe Vestager talks of her political past in Denmark and of her plans as European Commissioner for Competition. She explains the need for fair tax policies, the power of data in technology markets, and the prospect of a sector-wide antitrust inquiry. This interview examines topics including: •The ongoing antitrust investigation into Google and the pending cases of “tax deals” concerning Apple, Amazon and Starbucks •The European Commission’s review of companies buying minority stakes •Vestager’s view on data as the “new currency of the Internet” and its impact on privacy

Safety, Privacy, and the Internet Paradox: Solutions at Hand and the Need for new Trans-Atlantic Rules

Microsoft Europe,  Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Today at the Center for European Policy Studies, Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president, legal and corporate affairs, Microsoft, delivered remarks and participated in a panel discussion on the subject of Trust, data and national sovereignty: solutions for a connected world.

Threat Landscape of Internet Infrastructure

ENISA,  Thursday, January 15, 2015

From European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA): This study details a list of good practices that aim at securing an Internet infrastructure asset from Important Specific Threats. A gap analysis identifies that some assets remain not covered by current good practices: human resources (administrators and operators) for Routing, DNS and Denial of Service, as well as System Configuration and Essential Addressing Protocols for Denial of Service.

Right to be forgotten? That’s not Google’s call – data MEP Albrecht

Jennifer Baker, The Register,  Thursday, January 08, 2015

Even though changes to Europe’s data protection laws would not substantially alter the right to deletion or erasure, perhaps Google shouldn’t be making such calls on its own, according to Jan Philipp Albrecht, a leading data protection MEP. Last May, Google was ordered to remove links to “outdated or irrelevant” information about individuals by the European Court of Justice, the so-called right to be forgotten. At the time the decision provoked surprise, in particular since it went contrary to the ECJ’s own advocate general’s opinion.

Government of Ireland, European MEP file amicus briefs in New York privacy case

Brad Smith, Microsoft on the Issues,  Tuesday, December 23, 2014

This year one of our priorities has been to advocate for policies that ensure people around the world can trust technology. Keeping this trust is not only important for global technology companies, but vital for ensuring people everywhere can use technology with confidence. One important aspect of ensuring this trust is for likeminded governments to agree on basic principles for sharing data across borders while respecting local privacy laws. The past few days have been important in this effort. This is because the Government of Ireland and a member of the European Parliament weighed in separately with the court considering our case challenging a U.S. search warrant for customer email stored in Ireland.

French researchers find that Android apps exploit permissions

Peter Sayer, PCWorld,  Monday, December 15, 2014

Android apps really do use those permissions they ask for to access users’ personal information. French researchers found that one online store records a phone’s location up to 10 times a minute. The tools to manage such access are limited, and inadequate given how much information phones can gather. In a recent study, ten volunteers used Android phones that tracked app behavior using a monitoring app, Mobilitics, developed by the French National Institute for Informatics Research (INRIA) in conjunction with the National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL).

Getting a Grip on Europe’s Concerns about Google

ICOMP,  Thursday, December 11, 2014

But it is irresponsible to try and make the Google case seem wider than it actually is. Google is being held to the same standards as other companies operating in Europe. There is no vendetta and no bias against US companies. The EU has adopted the Digital Agenda as a flagship policy. In that context there is a perfectly proper democratic debate taking place as to the best ways in which to apply existing laws to the digital economy, and to have a public discussion as to whether and, if so, in what ways to adapt the existing legislative framework to the needs of that economy.

Joint statement of the European Data Protection Authorities Assembled in the Article29 working party

The European Data Governance Forum,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Because of its common history and culture,Europe must make its voice heard in terms of ensuring that fundamental rights,including the rights to privacy and data protection, are respected without obstructing innovation or the need to ensure security in our society. In this context, the independent Data Protection Authorities assembled in the EUArticle 29 Working Party (WP29) want to deliver several key messages on how to address this global challenge. Therefore, the Article 29 Working Party, on its plenary meeting of 25 November 2014, has adopted the following declaration...

U.K. Court Case Against Google Could Clarify Law On Private Data

Natasha Lomas, Tech Crunch,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A spokesman for the ICO told TechCrunch it is interested in the case because it raises issues about the jurisdiction for serving civil claims on foreign companies. He said the specific question of interest here is: when Google is processing personal information in the U.K. at what point is it covered by U.K. law and when might that data processing be considered to be outside U.K. law. The ICO has submitted written evidence to the High Court to provide clarification about what is classed as personal data, under the U.K.’s Data Protection Act, and on when personal data processing is taking place.