Study Suggests Google Harms Consumers by Skewing Search Results

Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal,  Monday, June 29, 2015

New research by two U.S. academics suggests that Google Inc. is harming Internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own services, a potentially significant twist in Europe’s long-running antitrust investigation of the U.S. search company. The research combines statistical testing with detailed legal and economic analysis to examine the ramifications of Google’s practice of promoting its own specialized search services, such as for local restaurants or doctors, at the expense of rivals such as Yelp and TripAdvisor. It was sponsored by Yelp, which has filed a complaint with European Union antitrust authorities over Google’s search practices. It was presented to EU regulators on Friday.

When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too

Natasha Singer and Jeremy Merrill, New York Times,  Monday, June 29, 2015

Of the 99 sites with English-language terms of service or privacy policies, 85 said they might transfer users’ information if a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, asset sale or other transaction occurred, The Times’s analysis found.

Dealing With Data Privacy in the Cloud

Paul Trotter, CIO,  Monday, June 29, 2015

Our reliance on data and the potential pitfalls associated with managing it have given rise to the need for safeguards for the protection of information, particularly in Europe where the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will soon come into force. GDPR is designed to harmonise the current data protection regulations across EU member states, with strict data compliance stipulations and the possibility of huge financial penalties for those who breach of the rules. While the regulation doesn’t deal specifically with cloud service providers, it does have implications for organisations that use cloud services to store data. And with many companies in need of guidelines on how to deal with new approaches to data management, it’s time to turn to the experts.

Cloud computing definition in constant flux

Jeff Kaplan, TechTarget,  Sunday, June 28, 2015

The proliferation of cloud services has created a double-edged sword. The stream of new cloud alternatives has produced a buyers' market, characterized by intensifying price competition. But it has also made it more difficult for IT and corporate decision makers to determine which cloud offerings are best suited to meet their particular business and technological requirements.

Forced Data Localization Hurts Businesses Economically, Google Says

Jaikumar Vijayan, eWeek,  Saturday, June 27, 2015

Laws that require organizations to store customer data in a specific country or geographic location undermine many of the economic benefits of cloud computing, Google said, quoting a new report from the Leviathan Security Group. Forced localization can also negatively affect data security and privacy, the company said. Large cloud services typically offer better resiliency and redundancy than locally hosted services. They also have access to more skilled security resources than organizations that host data locally.

Planning, procurement and purchasing the cloud: A primer

Mark Rockwell, FCW,  Saturday, June 27, 2015

When planning for the cloud, don’t forget procurement. "If procurement is left out, all the good intentions of cloud are reduced or eliminated," said David DeBrandt, business development capture manager for Amazon Web Services. “If you use traditional procurement frameworks, the benefits of cloud are taken away.”

For Post-Snowden Cloud Startups, Privacy Proves A Hard Sell

Steven Melendez, Fast Company,  Friday, June 26, 2015

"Rather than feeling able to make choices, Americans believe it is futile to manage what companies can learn about them," the authors wrote. "Our study reveals that more than half do not want to lose control over their information, but also believe this loss of control has already happened."

Android accounts for 97 percent of all mobile malware

Carly Page, The Register,  Friday, June 26, 2015

The threat of malware on Google's Android mobile operating system continues to grow, with the number of malicious apps quadrupling in 2014. Typically, Android has proven the biggest victim of mobile malware, with the report noting that the operating system currently accounts for 97 percent of all mobile malware.

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin: Privacy Needs to Be the Default, Not an Option

Mark Halper, WIRED,  Friday, June 26, 2015

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin has a wake-up call for the world’s digital citizens: Beware of the tech giants lurking behind your screens and keyboards. Falque-Pierrotin—current head of France’s CNIL (National Commission on Informatics and Liberty) and the “Article 29 Working Party,” a group of European Union data-protection advocates—believes we are sleepily handing over personal data in droves without truly understanding the consequences. Comprehensive privacy protection should be an enforced requirement, she argues, not just an “opt-in” afterthought.

Congress shouldn't overlook FedRAMP funding in 2016 budget

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Friday, June 26, 2015

FedRAMP is charged with standardizing security assessments for cloud systems across government. While underappreciated, these standardization efforts are vital to improving the security of government data.