Tango and Digital Striptease

Professor Fernando Tomeo by Professor Fernando Tomeo, Buenos Aires University
Thursday, March 05, 2015

Just as the Argentine Tango is a classic, like a good steak or a Patagonian landscape, the striptease of personal data has now become fashionable in Argentina with what we may call the “selfie compulsion”. Adults and children are posting vast numbers of selfies on such popular sites as Facebook (over 24 million users in Argentina), Instagram (also very popular) and the messaging service WhatsApp. But in many of these selfies the authors choose to leave only their hats on!

Body Cameras on School Police Spark Student Privacy Concerns

Evie Blad, Education Week,  Wednesday, March 04, 2015

As law-enforcement agencies around the country begin using body cameras to monitor police interactions with the public, the chest-mounted recording devices are increasingly making their way into public schools. The use of body cameras in schools has been welcomed by some, but it has also sparked privacy concerns from some districts and civil rights groups. "People tend to be on their best behavior when they know they're being recorded," said Bill Vaughn, the chief of police in Johnston, Iowa, where the 6,700-student district's two school resource officers now wear body cameras.

US overdue for Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform

Fred Humphries, Microsoft on the Issues Blog,  Wednesday, March 04, 2015

As we’ve said before, people and organizations increasingly store personal information in the cloud – and rely on the free flow and exchange of information online – so protecting their privacy in the cloud is critical to enabling trust in technology and advancing the benefits of the Internet. Our goal is simple: the law should, at a minimum, ensure that data stored in the cloud receives the same legal protections as data stored in our homes or in our offices. The fact that we use new technological means to communicate or store that information should not diminish the legal protections afforded to it. Therefore, law enforcement should be required to get a warrant before demanding disclosure of emails or other documents stored in the cloud.

Law Enforcement Leader Calls for Action on LEADS Act

Brian Raymond, Shopfloor.org,  Wednesday, March 04, 2015

In an op-ed for USA Today, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff says now is the time to reexamine and update the laws that govern the privacy of this electronic communication and data and how the government can access it both here and abroad. Secretary Chertoff’s arguments come from a law enforcement background but there is much common ground with manufacturers. Today’s connected environment allows manufacturers of all sizes to take their businesses global. Quote sheets, business plans, go-to market strategies and business e-mails are securely transmitted and digitally stored on computers and servers around the world. Along with these strategic communications, very sensitive customer information and other data are shared electronically and across borders. The manufacturer-customer relationship is built on the trust that this digital information will be kept secure and will not be shared outside of that partnership. As our industry looks to grow outside of the US where 95% of the marketplace resides that trust in our companies and certainty in the law is needed now more than ever.

Disappointed Much? Google Backs Down On Android Encryption Promise

Thomas Fox-Brewster, Forbes,  Tuesday, March 03, 2015

“In September, we announced that all new Lollipop devices would be encrypted by default. Due to performance issues on some Android partner devices we are not yet at encryption by default on every new Lollipop device. But that won’t counter the feeling of disappointment amongst pro-privacy types. “I’d hope mobile OS and handset vendors would all be moving as quickly as possible to default encryption – most users don’t realise how important this is, given the sensitivity of the data on their phones, and the ease with which they can be lost or stolen,” said Ian Brown, professor of information security and privacy at Oxford University.

Chertoff: Protect electronic conversation privacy today

Michael Chertoff by Michael Chertoff, Chertoff Group
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Because they instinctively and practically recognize this similarity, American citizens increasingly want equivalent privacy protections for their own electronic and telephonic communications. They want law enforcement in the U.S. to be responsive to their new customs and practices. Through our work with tech companies, we also know that these outdated rules limit their global business opportunities. So, the time is ripe to revisit how electronic communications are intercepted by law enforcement. In an ideal world, we want to both improve law enforcement access and regularize it while affording greater privacy protections to Americans.

ENISA Says Government Cloud Essential to the Economic Success of the EU

Cheryl Kemp, The Whir,  Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Although the idea of government cloud has been supported by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) since 2010-2011, agencies have been slow to adopt cloud services. Despite the benefits to government cloud such as savings of up to 30 percent and increased productivity, “not many public administrations are actively procuring Cloud services nor are they launching any test bed projects on Cloud computing (e.g. the European project “Cloud for Europe”),” according to report released by the ENISA last week. The report identifies cloud use as an important economic tool, a fact that should encourage governments to adopt services to facilitate innovation.

Privacy Concerns Threaten Overseas Tech Industry

Morgan Reed, Roll Call,  Monday, March 02, 2015

Since the Edward Snowden revelations of 2013, foreign governments have raised concern about the safety of their citizens’ data stored by American Internet companies.They believe U.S. law enforcement authorities have access to any cloud-based data — and it’s putting the $174 billion industry at risk. Alert to these fears, a bipartisan coalition in Congress is working to ensure American companies can assuage these concerns. Their solution is the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act introduced by Sens. Chris Coons, Orrin G. Hatch and Dean Heller, and in the House by Reps. Suzan DelBene and Tom Marino. The legislation effectively balances law enforcement investigative authority with updated data privacy protections that reflect our transition to a mobile economy. Most importantly, it demonstrates to our trading partners that we respect their sovereignty within their borders. The need for this measure is urgent.

Threats to cloud computing require a solution from the 18th century

Drew Clark, Deseret News,  Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Constitution says that we have the right to be secure in our "persons, houses, papers and effects." We have the right to speak free from regulation by the government. There are some who say that the Internet has rewritten the laws of supply and demand, or changed common decency and morality, or altered the possibility of being free from police surveillance. They are mistaken.

Bipartisan, bicameral LEADS Act essential to the future of digital privacy

Fred Humphries, Microsoft on the Issues Blog,  Friday, February 27, 2015

The bipartisan Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act of 2015, introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives, offers essential reforms that rectify outdated privacy laws. We commend the sponsors – Reps. Tom Marino and Suzan DelBene – for introducing this critical legislation. Today’s introduction builds on what is now bipartisan, bicameral momentum for this effort. Senators Orrin Hatch, Chris Coons and Dean Heller introduced the Senate companion of LEADS earlier this month.