Companies Sniff Out Employees’ Cloud Habits

Rachael King, CIO,  Monday, April 27, 2015

Companies, looking to protect their data and networks from cloud arrangements made by employees, are turning to technology that can sniff out cloud services that are lurking, unbeknownst to the IT department, on corporate networks. Chief information security officers use the technology, offered by so-called cloud access security brokers, to enforce policies such as blocking risky services or encrypting data before it is uploaded to the cloud.

Google faces enormous forces in fight over the future of Android

Cade Metz, Wired,  Monday, April 27, 2015

Google and its Android mobile phone operating system are facing an antitrust investigation in Europe. But the roots of the probe stretch across the Atlantic and well into the past. What is the end result? If the commission does crack down on Android, we may see a large fine against the company, Logan says. Or we may see a dissolution of those Google contracts with handset makers. That may be the biggest threat to Google. Googles doesn’t make money from Android. It makes money from the ad-driven services that run atop the OS. And with Oracle, Microsoft, and so many others pushing so hard, those services may lose at least part of their foothold.

Commentary: Healthcare must embrace new ISO cloud privacy standard

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Monday, April 27, 2015

A new international privacy standard for cloud providers — ISO 27018 — brings an effective means to better protect health data. The privacy standard mirrors some of HIPAA’s tenets while providing an all-important third-party audit mechanism.

The Sensor-Rich, Data-Scooping Future

Quentin Hardy, New York Times Bits,  Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Internet will be almost fused with the physical world. The way Google now looks at online clicks to figure out what ad to next put in front of you will become the way companies gain once-hidden insights into the patterns of nature and society. G.E., Google and others expect that knowing and manipulating these patterns is the heart of a new era of global efficiency, centered on machines that learn and predict what is likely to happen next.

EU antitrust case against Google based on 19 complainants-sources

Foo Yun Chee and Eric Auchard, Reuters,  Saturday, April 25, 2015

The European Union's decision to take on Google last week stems from offical complaints by 19 companies in Europe and the United States, including Microsoft and a number of small firms, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The list of complainants in the European Commission's charge sheet, which includes companies not directly involved in the charges around Google's shopping service, would make it easier for the regulator to expand the case beyond its preliminary focus on price-comparison shopping sites.

What EC v. Google means for US government users

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Friday, April 24, 2015

While the Commission’s case is directed at Google’s conduct in the consumer market, it is important to consider the significant implications this has for enterprise users globally in both the public and private sectors. The EC’s decision reinforces the necessity that customers must educate themselves on the data-use terms of their cloud providers and craft their contracts accordingly.

Europe Looks to Tame Web’s Economic Risks

Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal,  Friday, April 24, 2015

The European Union could create a powerful new regulator to oversee a swath of mainly U.S.-based Internet companies, according to an internal document that lays bare the deep concerns in top EU policy circles around the economic threat posed by companies like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. Such a move would throw the biggest obstacle yet in the way of U.S. Internet companies operating in Europe, a number of which are already embroiled in investigations and lawsuits over issues including unfair competition and tax avoidance.

The push for police body cameras comes with plenty of tech challenges

Derek Major, GCN,  Friday, April 24, 2015

The increasing number of police brutality claims around the United States are raising calls for police body cameras, which many see as a way to increase transparency and trust between law enforcement and citizens. According to a YouGov/Economist poll, 88 percent of Americans support the use of body cameras on police. But citizens and politicians who see body cameras as quick fix may be underestimating the costs and complexity of this potentially game-changing technology.

Industry and tech groups press Congress for MLAT funding

SIIA,  Thursday, April 23, 2015

The undersigned organizations [13 in all] are writing jointly to urge your support to assign the highest priority for funding the urgently needed improvements in the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLAT) process. For more than half a century, the United States’ bilateral MLATs and related multilateral agreements with foreign governments have served as a trusted and reliable mechanism for law enforcement to gain assistance across borders to pursue criminal investigations.

ISO 27018 and protecting personal information in the cloud: a first year scorecard

Richard Kemp, Business Cloud News,  Thursday, April 23, 2015

A year after it was published, – the first international standard focusing on the protection of personal data in the public cloud – continues, unobtrusively and out of the spotlight, to move centre stage as the battle for cloud pre-eminence heats up.