Google on board for DoD contract bid

Bernie Monegain, Healthcare IT News,  Thursday, January 15, 2015

Google is a key contender – part of the PwC team – bidding on the massive 10-year federal contract to build an electronic health record system for the Department of Defense. PwC announced the collaboration with Google Thursday. Google had been part of the team from the start, Dan Garrett, PwC's health IT leader, told Healthcare IT News. "They were part of our submission in our original proposal," he said. "Since the proposal, we've also cemented a broader relationship between the two firms. And, we thought it was appropriate now to make the rest of the world aware of the submission that we had made."

Obama offers new legislative agenda on cybersecurity

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times,  Tuesday, January 13, 2015

President Barack Obama released a legislative plan Tuesday to boost the nation's cybersecurity posture by incentivizing information sharing between the private and public sector and establishing new tools for law enforcement. The centerpiece Tuesday was a push to reinvigorate cybersecurity legislation first proposed in 2011. At that time, legislative efforts stalled due to concerns over information sharing and consumer privacy.

White House to Propose Consumer Cybersecurity Measures

Byron Tau, Wall Street Journal,  Monday, January 12, 2015

President Barack Obama will announce a handful of new consumer cybersecurity proposals on Monday, citing the growing threat of identity theft, data breaches and online fraud to Americans.In a speech at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, Mr. Obama will unveil two legislative proposals designed to protect consumers’ personal and financial information, as well as the privacy ofstudent data collected by schools and corporations. “Recent polls show that nine in 10 Americans feel they have in some way lost control of their personal information—and that can lead to less interaction with technology, less innovation, and a less productive economy,” the White House said in a statement. The proposals, which would outline corporate responsibilities in the event of a data breach and curtail companies’ ability to sell student data or advertise to students, will need a vote from Congress.

Halvorsen formalizes new DOD cloud procurement policy

Sean Lyngaas, FCW,  Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Acting Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen has issued a memo outlining the Pentagon’s new cloud procurement policy, formally allowing the military services and other DOD agencies to procure commercial cloud services rather than leaving that authority to the Defense Information Systems Agency.

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...

Microsoft announces US general availability of Microsoft Azure Government

Microsoft News Center,  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

With the importance of enabling citizen services at all levels of government while keeping costs contained, the Microsoft Cloud for Government services meet or exceed public sector security, privacy and compliance standards. In fact, Microsoft’s government cloud services have been designed from the ground up to help government agencies integrate disparate on-premises, cloud and data systems and enable seamless communication and collaboration to operate in this new cloud-first world.

Obama announces funding for 50,000 police body cameras

Russell Brandom, The Verge,  Monday, December 01, 2014

In an announcement today, the White House has pledged $263 million in new federal funding for police training and body cameras, set aside by executive order. The money includes $75 million allocated specifically for the purchase 50,000 cameras for law enforcement officers across the country. The new funding push is substantial, but 50,000 cameras will cover only a fraction of the more than 750,000 police officers currently employed in America. Camera proposals have also run into trouble with public records laws in states like Washington, which require the release of all police records not actively tied up in an investigation. With hundreds of hours of video generated by police cameras every day, that would present serious problems for both privacy and simple logistics.

EU lawmakers urge regulators to break up Google

Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop, Reuters,  Friday, November 28, 2014

European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine. The non-binding resolution in the European Parliament is the strongest public signal yet of Europe's concern with the growing power of U.S. tech giants. It was passed with 384 votes for and 174 against.

EU to Google: expand 'right to be forgotten’ to Google.com

Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian,  Friday, November 28, 2014

European data regulators are set to instruct Google to apply “right to be forgotten” search result deletions outside of Europe on Google.com. The Article 29 cross-European panel of data protection watchdogs announced its guidance that search result removals should be carried out beyond local European domains such as google.co.uk, google.fr and google.de to prevent circumvention of the right to be forgotten law. “De-listing decisions must be implemented in such a way that they guarantee the effective and complete protection of data subjects’ rights and that EU law cannot be circumvented,” Article 29 said in a statement.

NIST Releases Cloud Computing Roadmap

Christine Kern, Business Solutions,  Friday, November 21, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. Reflecting the input of more than 200 comments on the initial draft, this report leverages the available strengths and resources and highlights the strategic and tactical objectives necessary to support accelerated cloud computing adoption by federal agencies, according to a press release.