International privacy standards for governments and schools?

Bradley Shear by Bradley Shear, Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Thursday, May 21, 2015

While many think of state and local governments as just repositories of public records, they also store massive amounts of highly sensitive personal information, including tax returns, family services files, student records and health data. And as state and local governments move more data to the cloud, privacy concerns become paramount. It is imperative governments establish robust privacy standards for cloud storage to prevent the misuse of personal data. Moving forward, governments should require their vendors to follow the recently adopted International Standards Organization (ISO) 27018 cloud privacy guidelines. These standards foster transparency while increasing security and data privacy. Without adherence to ISO 27018, government entities — such as public schools, which collect, process, and archive tremendous amounts of student data — could have their data used for non-educational purposes.

EU trades privacy reform for surveillance

H. Bryan Cunningham by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A strange — and strangely unnoticed — trend is emerging in the evolving global response to massive 2013 leaks about US surveillance activities. While our European cousins talk privacy reform, the United States is actually moving ahead with it, albeit more slowly than many would like. As the American side of the Atlantic inches toward self-restraint, many European governments are seeking sweeping new spying powers. Europe is at risk of falling behind the US in privacy reform.

Civil Rights, Privacy, and Media Rights Groups Release Principles for Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,  Friday, May 15, 2015

Today, a broad coalition of civil rights, privacy, and media rights organizations released shared civil rights principles for the use of body worn cameras by law enforcement. As body worn cameras come into greater use by law enforcement across the country, the signers are urging police departments to follow certain principles to ensure that the cameras are a tool of public accountability and transparency. Video footage that documents law enforcement interactions with the public — whether gathered through body worn cameras or citizen video of police activities — can have a valuable role to play in the present and future of policing. At the same time, the arrival of new video equipment does not guarantee that a police agency will better protect the civil rights of the community it serves.

Senators unveil student data privacy bill

Cory Bennett, The Hill,  Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) reintroduced a bill on Wednesday to restrict education companies from selling or using student data to target ads. The measure would also require private companies to meet certain data security requirements when handling student information.

Squabbling Over Google’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Continues One Year on

Sam Schechner, WSJ Digits,  Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The squabbling over Europe’s right to be forgotten may have scarcely begun. One year after the European Union’s top court ruled that people could ask Google and other search engines to remove links in search results for their name, the Calif.-based search giant has set up a detailed process to comply, removing hundreds of thousands of links. But a bigger fight is continuing to simmer over how broadly the new European right should apply—one that could end up back in court.

Is the NSA's Big Data Program Authorized? Key Quotes from a Major Court Ruling

Daniel J. Solove by Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy
Friday, May 08, 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit just issued a 97-page ruling limiting the NSA's power to sweep up data about people's phone calls. The court held that the USA Patriot Act Section 215 doesn't authorize the kind of sweeping collection of phone call metadata that the NSA has been engaging in.

Shoring Up the ‘Online Titanic’

Eric Peters, The American Spectator,  Thursday, May 07, 2015

The LEADS act would bring Fourth Amendment protections to our private email. Who gets to read your mail? Under what conditions? In the pre-Internet days, these questions were answered easily. Defined, legally. Private correspondence was just that — private, between the letter writer and the intended recipient. Absent a court order — based on probable cause — no else was legally entitled to have a look.

Agency CIOs Need to Be Aware of the Dangers of Consumer Tech

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Thursday, May 07, 2015

Contrary to common belief, the problem is not security. Consumer tech and cloud data centers are no more vulnerable to hackers and accidental breaches than traditional enterprise IT shops. On the contrary, greater scale and scope of cloud operations require resources to deploy the best security expertise and tools available. This attribute will arguably make the cloud a safer platform for enterprises to secure their most valuable information than in-house facilities.

ISO 27018: Protecting privacy and national security too

H. Bryan Cunningham by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Broad adoption of international standards around the globe, by governments and other public institutions and, critically, by cloud providers and other private companies, can have multiple benefits. First, broadly accepted standards produced by a process involving a wide variety of stakeholders foster trust in the adequacy, fairness and sustainability of such rules. Needless to say, trust and fairness, in particular, are top-tier issues in cloud computing today.

How Google benefits from invasive apps that share Android customer data

Nathaniel Mott, PandoDaily,  Monday, May 04, 2015

Researchers tested some 2,000 free applications from across the Google Play Store’s 25 software categories, and in aggregate the apps reached out to 250,000 URLs.