Federal CIOs need to pay attention to European Commission’s investigation into Android

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
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.

Europe wants to be the world’s leading tech power. Andrus Ansip is tasked with making it happen

Leo Mirani, Quartz,  Monday, August 03, 2015

But when it comes to digital policy, the important thing to know is just this: Andrus Ansip is the most powerful person in Europe today. As the commissioner in charge of the “digital single market,” his job is, literally, “to make Europe a world leader in information and communication technology.”

Televising the Revolution

H. Bryan Cunningham by Bryan Cunningham, 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.

Government CIOs fret over apps reliability in the cloud

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Monday, August 03, 2015

Government CIOs are struggling to meet rising expectations among consumers for what level of service a website should deliver, and 70 percent of the respondents in Akamai's survey said that a consistent user experience is an "unmet need."

Judge: Cellphone Tracking Requires a Warrant

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.

Police body-worn cameras reduce citizen complaints, preliminary studies show

Sarah Buduson, ABC News,  Friday, July 31, 2015

Studies show the use of police body-worn cameras reduces the number of complaints against officers, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. "If we do get complaints, 99 percent of the time it exonerates the officer from any wrongdoing," said Bratenahl Police Patrolman Jon Basche. He oversees the department's body-worn camera program.

Why the fear over ubiquitous data encryption is overblown

Mike McConnell, Michael Chertoff and William Lynn, Washington Post,  Thursday, July 30, 2015

More than three years ago, as former national security officials, we penned an op-ed to raise awareness among the public, the business community and Congress of the serious threat to the nation’s well being posed by the massive theft of intellectual property, technology and business information by the Chinese government through cyberexploitation. Today, we write again to raise the level of thinking and debate about ubiquitous encryption to protect information from exploitation.

US Must Do More To Protect Privacy

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Thursday, July 30, 2015

If the U.S. fails to assert its international leadership role, national security and individual privacy could continue to suffer. There are two things the U.S. can do to demonstrate its leadership on these issues and enable law enforcement to fulfill its mission while protecting individual privacy. On its own, each action is necessary but not sufficient.

Google Pushes Back Against French Privacy Regulator’s Order

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.

Microsoft Deputy GC: Cloud Computing Is On Trial at the Second Circuit

Big Law Business, Bloomberg,  Wednesday, July 29, 2015

If global tech companies can’t protect the email accounts of local users in other countries, Howard argued, users will go with local providers, who won’t be subject to the demands of foreign investigators, instead. “The potential end result of the government’s approach in this case, especially if it’s followed by other governments elsewhere, is a balkanized cloud, in which different countries have different local clouds that don’t exist at scale,” Howard said. In a recent interview with Big Law Business, Howard, who’s been at Microsoft for five years, spoke to the importance of the email privacy case, and also provided broader insight into what it’s like to manage the company’s legal matters: what makes a law firm attractive, how he keeps litigation costs down, and how Microsoft monetizes workplace diversity.