Adopting cloud computing can mean entrusting data to a third-party vendor. For agencies responsible for personally identifiable information or mission-critical applications, this raises a host of privacy concerns, chief among them the issue of data sovereignty and the question of determining appropriate government and commercial uses of private citizens’ data. This section of the SafeGov.org site analyzes the risks to privacy associated with cloud adoption and explores ongoing means to mitigate them.
Adam Segal, Net Politics, Thursday, August 27, 2015
This is the second part of my Q&A with Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith over the company’s legal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice over e-mails stored in Ireland. The case raises important questions with respect to the privacy of digital communications and the future of cloud computing.
Adam Segal, Net Politics, Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In light of the significance of this case for U.S. consumers and businesses, and the impact that its outcome could have on the privacy of digital communications, Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel for Microsoft, took the time to answer some questions regarding the case and what its outcome might mean.
AG Strategy Group
Thursday, August 20, 2015
One of the highest-profile cases related to surveillance practices remains unresolved. The Microsoft search warrant case, which was initiated in late 2013, raises a larger question: can a U.S. law enforcement agency compel a U.S. technology provider to turn over digital information that resides in a location outside the U.S.? Current law, the Freedom Act included, does not directly address the essential issues raised in this case, which are weighty enough to merit the attention of presidential candidates and Congress, as well as the Supreme Court. However, the LEADS Act, if passed, would help to clarify the currently murky landscape, by ensuring that policy keeps pace with technology. While the world continues to become more interconnected, geopolitical borders remain significant. A consistent and transparent rule of law regarding cross-border information-sharing must be our North Star.
Monday, August 17, 2015
The purpose of body-worn cameras is not to fill petabytes and exabytes of disk space in football-field-size data centers. The goal is to improve interactions between the police and the public they serve. To justify its cost, law enforcement agencies must be able to filter through footage quickly and effectively. They need to review it for investigative, training and disciplinary purposes. They need to share it with fellow agencies, prosecutors and defense lawyers. Last but not least, they need to be able to disclose it – at least selectively – to the public and the media. All this will have to happen while guaranteeing chains of custody, ensuring that only authorized users have access, and protecting the privacy of citizens and officers. The fundamental problem that police departments gathering large amounts of video face is that the daily tasks they need to perform with this video are labor-intensive. Searching through thousands of hours of video, transcribing and indexing what is said in them, blurring the faces of citizens or officers to protect their privacy – these tasks are impossible to perform at scale without assistance from powerful automation tools.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Microsoft is currently suing the federal government over its attempt to use a domestic warrant to force the company to turn over customer emails in a data center in Ireland. This case represents a significant moment for international cooperation and the global rule of law. And if we, as a country, get this wrong, we will fail to balance individual privacy with national security needs.
Julia Fioretti, Reuters, Thursday, August 06, 2015
The European Commission is working with the United States on the final details of a commercial data-sharing deal that was put up for renegotiation following leaks two years ago that exposed U.S. mass surveillance practices, a document seen by Reuters showed. The European Commission, the EU executive, has been negotiating with the United States since January 2014 to reform an existing agreement allowing companies to transfer data easily between the two areas, known as "Safe Harbour".
Monday, August 03, 2015
My goal here is not to rehash what has already been stated, but instead focus on Android and the underlying, lesser-known issues at play for government users. It is important to consider the implications this series of events has on public sector entities. Vendor practices are particularly important for federal CIOs while procuring goods and services, in particular as it relates to “bring-your-own-device” (BYOD) policies.
Cunningham Levy LLP
Monday, August 03, 2015
Broad deployment of body-worn cameras will not be a panacea. But better technology and more data in pursuit of finding the truth has historically led to greater justice. This can happen only if those in power make hard decisions on at least the issues highlighted here, and sooner rather than later. If leaders fail to do so at the front end of the BWC revolution, the rights of many will be sacrificed.
Ross Todd, The Recorder, Saturday, August 01, 2015
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California ruled that the Fourth Amendment applies to historical cell site information, meaning the government must obtain a search warrant to demand it from cellphone carriers. With many smartphone applications constantly scanning the cellular network, Koh concluded, the data potentially yields such detailed information on individuals' movements that its release without a warrant would violate their reasonable expectation of privacy.
Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg Business, Thursday, July 30, 2015
Google Inc. pushed back against France’s data privacy authority after the watchdog ordered the search engine giant to extend the so-called right to be forgotten to its websites globally. France’s data protection authority, CNIL, should withdraw its ultimatum threatening Google with fines unless it delists requested links across its network, the Mountain View, California-based company said in a blog post Thursday.