Axel Springer accuses Google of seeking digital ‘superstate’

Jeevan Vasagar, Financial Times,  Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The head of Europe’s biggest newspaper publisher by circulation has accused Google of seeking to establish a digital “superstate” free from the constraints of antitrust regulators and privacy concerns. Mr Döpfner criticised the EU’s recent settlement with Google, which permitted the internet group to continue publishing paid-for links at the top of its pages ahead of algorithmically chosen results.

From the Cloud to Your Pentagon-Issued Phone

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Defense officials are in the process of figuring out how to adapt Web-based collaboration tools into apps that can be accessed from any computer, including tablets and smartphones.

More Government Movement To Cloud Computing,  Monday, April 14, 2014

Traditionally it has been the case that governments around the world have been the last to move to or adopt new computer technology. This seems to not be the case, as increasingly a number of government and state authorities are adopting cloud computing to handle their big data management requirements ahead of most businesses.

Is Your Agency Ready for the Cloud Security Deadline in June?

Frank Konkel, Nextgov,  Monday, April 14, 2014

A deadline for federal agencies to adhere to the government’s baseline cloud security standards and changes to the standards themselves are both fast approaching.

Google updates TOS to clarify email scanning process

Steven Musil, CNET,  Monday, April 14, 2014

New paragraph in the Web giant's terms of service is intended to more clearly explain the manner in which software automatically scans and analyzes the content of emails.

NSW govt talks private cloud offering with industry

Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet,  Friday, April 11, 2014

The NSW government is giving more than 50 industry companies the opportunity to offer on-premise cloud services through its GovDC Marketplace to its agencies.

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.

Hacked Gmail Account Exposes 1,256 Patients' Data

Jeff Goldman, eSecurity Planet,  Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Patients' names, birthdates, surgical descriptions or codes, surgical dates and special surgical instructions may have been exposed.

Google to Obama: Leave Us Out of Your Spying Fight

Brendan Sasso, National Journal,  Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Google is getting nervous. On the one hand, the Internet behemoth wants the public to know it’s outraged by U.S. surveillance programs and is aggressively lobbying for new rules to keep its customers’ data safe from the government’s prying eyes. But as public attention turns to data privacy, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and other tech giants want to be sure that their own data-gathering practices don’t get lumped in with the federal spying programs that are the target of popular ire.

New Section Profiles the Companies That Use It

Joseph Marks, Nextgov,  Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The government’s digital information repository launched a new section on Tuesday focused on companies and nonprofits that are using government data to fuel their businesses. The page titled Impact offers brief profiles of 22 companies that consume open government data, including the companies’ financing and number of employees as well as the federal agencies supplying the data.