SafeGov Releases Results of Global Parents Surveys Relating to Student Online Privacy

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Surveys of nearly 5,500 parents in 11 countries around the world, including Europe, Asia and North America, show that parents have high hopes for the contribution that Internet applications can make to their children’s education, especially when it comes to acquiring skills relevant to the modern global economy. At the same time, the vast majority of parents worry that internet companies are tracking and profiling their children’s online activities at school for advertising purposes, and they want such practices banned. Specifically, parents want stronger government regulations against online data mining in schools that isn’t directly related to improving academic performance, and they want schools to forbid such practices. The findings are based on a series of surveys conducted between 2012 and 2014 for SafeGov aimed at capturing global parents’ views on the benefits and risks of proliferating in-school access to internet applications such as email, document creation and group collaboration.

The Value of the Broker Model

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, CGI
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I find it interesting and have the argument frequently about the value of cloud brokers. I tend to be arguing with cloud service providers and argue that there is significant customer value in the cloud broker model. Cloud service providers don’t always see that value and they should.. From their perspective its business as usual and the broker of course changes that. Lately however I am seeing more and more people moving to my side and tipping the argument further. So I have come up with my top ten reasons brokers will be of value in the next two years.

Our Day in Court?

H. Bryan Cunningham by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Friday, September 12, 2014

Something unusual happened in an Oakland federal court this summer. The U.S. Government, concerned that classified national security information had been disclosed in a courtroom crowded with reporters and spectators, asked the court to modify the public record, as though the words had never been said at all, but the government later decided no classified information had been disclosed, so the issue became moot. In a separate federal case, a private company asked another federal judge to remove from the public record possible trade secret information the company’s witness had publicly disclosed, even though a verbatim transcript of the statements had been published on the court’s website. That judge forcefully rejected the company’s attempt to make this information disappear. The parties to these two cases would differ about whether the judges adequately protected their interests in the specific case at issue. But both cases involved alleged intrusive mass surveillance of our private communications, the first by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the second by Google.

Investigating in the Cloud: Challenges for Digital Forensics

Mary DeRosa by Mary DeRosa, The Chertoff Group
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Law enforcement has made significant progress in working through the policy and technical issues it faces in moving its own data and processes to a cloud environment. Unfortunately, as a recent draft report from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) demonstrates, that is not the only – or even the most significant – problem that cloud computing presents for law enforcement. The report, “NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science Challenges,” identifies the many and daunting challenges that law enforcement and others face when conducting investigations involving data stored in the cloud. Although the report describes challenges for law enforcement, cloud providers are a key audience for NIST’s work.

Mobile Apps and Privacy for Federal Users: Drawing the Line on “App-Appropriate”

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, Civitas Group
Friday, August 15, 2014

The federal mobile device landscape is evolving at a rate faster than ever before. Budget realities have accelerated the adoption of federal telework initiatives and lowered agencies’ reluctance toward bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies – due to promising cost savings coupled with the growing demand from employees. As a result, agencies today face the daunting task of overseeing a wider assortment of devices, operating systems, and applications – all of which require heightened security and privacy considerations. Within this realm, mobile apps are a promising contribution toward improving productivity, efficiency, and customer service in the federal workforce. Some agencies have already begun rolling out or approving mobile app tools for their employees to use for job-related functions. In addition, other agencies are leveraging public-facing apps to engage constituents such as emergency alerts or newsfeeds. But as agencies approve the use of apps hosted on common commercial market operating systems – such as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS – how these larger consumer-focused companies set up or utilize application data should be of increasing concern. The federal shift to BYOD and mobile apps must not come at the expense of privacy.

The Seasons of Cloud

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, CGI
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Many organizations have interesting peaks and valleys in their compute needs. Some have periods of significant intensity followed later by great periods of lots of spinning disk but no real business need for all the capacity. That is often called Seasonality. It’s an interesting problem to consider from a customer viewpoint.

How Should the Law Handle Privacy and Data Security Harms? (Part Four)

Daniel J. Solove by Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In this post, I will discuss how the law should handle privacy and security harms. One potential solution is for the law to have statutory damages – a set minimum amount of damages for privacy/security violations. A few privacy statutes have them, such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The nice thing about statutory damage provisions is that they obviate the need to prove harm. Victims can often prove additional harm above the fixed amount, but if they can’t, they can still get the fixed amount.

Data Brokers, Cloud Providers, and Responsible Use

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Data brokers may soon become the pariahs of cyberspace if they don’t adopt principles of “responsible use.” And, if cloud service providers don’t watch out, they risk becoming tarred with the same brush.

Beyond the Horizon, the Data Center of Tomorrow

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, CGI
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From my vantage point data centers are really about four distinct services. They represent the compute power, the storage capability, the network (delivery) system and finally a structured place to build security solutions. So based on my view let’s take a look at what the data center of tomorrow might look like.

Riley v. California: Good News for the Cloud But Don’t Over Read the Results

H. Bryan Cunningham by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Thursday, July 10, 2014

In a unanimous decision resolving two separate cases concerning cell phones seized during arrests (consolidated as Riley v. California) the court held that a judicial warrant is required before police search the contents of such cell phones.