IT professionals continue to cite security concerns as one of the largest barriers to cloud migration. Uniform government standards specific to cloud computing have yet to be finalized, leaving important questions regarding data availability and integrity unanswered. aims to provoke discussion related to these concerns as well as raise awareness of the ways in which cloud computing could ultimately strengthen existing security measures.

Satement re: Email Privacy Act

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

There is, of course, a great deal that can be said about the privacy of email communications and proposals to protect them. In the interests of brevity and to avoid repeating much of what my colleagues on the panel will say, after offering some introductory thoughts, I will make three simple points:

Judiciary chairman wants warrant exception in email privacy bill

Mario Trujillo, The Hill,  Tuesday, December 01, 2015

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on Tuesday proposed tweaking an email privacy bill supported by more than 300 members to include an exemption that would force Internet companies to turn over customer data during an emergency. Supporters of the Email Privacy Act see any changes as unnecessary, given that the bill has won support from a supermajority of the House in the past two congresses. However, reservations from federal agencies and law enforcement to the legislation have prevented the bill from moving.

Towards a ‘Law of the Platform’? A Regulatory Perspective

Jakob Kucharczyk, CCIA via Chillin'Competition,  Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I have to say that regulation should have one key commonality with competition law enforcement: it should be a fact- and evidence-intensive exercise. However, very often there is a difficulty in Brussels to frame the regulatory debate against actual market dynamics and facts. While regulation is somehow bound to be subject to greater political influence than competition law enforcement because of the legislative process, good regulation should at the minimum be based on the concrete identification of economic or societal problems that merit regulatory intervention.

Dark Clouds Over the Internet

Andrew Keane Woods, New York Times Op-Ed,  Tuesday, December 01, 2015

While 90 percent of the Internet’s users are outside the United States, the web is dominated by American firms. As a result, a great deal of non-American data is held on American servers. This was tolerable when trust in the United States was high. But after Edward J. Snowden peeled back the curtain on the National Security Agency’s Internet surveillance efforts, that trust withered. In response, other nations are increasingly exercising their territorial control over the Internet, often in ways that mimic America’s worst practices.

UK Police to Capture Crime-Scene Interrogations With Body-Worn Cameras for “Cheaper Justice”

Bhavesh Kumar, IFSEC Global,  Tuesday, December 01, 2015

How The Cloud Is Revolutionizing Healthcare

Lyndsey Gilpin, Forbes,  Tuesday, December 01, 2015

According to a 2014 study by Health Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Analytics division, 83% of IT healthcare executives reported they were using cloud services. Earlier this year, MarketsandMarkets reported that cloud services in the healthcare industry would grow from $3.73 billion in 2015 to almost $9.5 billion by 2020. Time is valuable for everyone, but especially doctors. They need fast access to accurate, updated information so they can assess and treat patients more efficiently. Accessing the cloud would allow them to tap a database of information from professionals all over the world to monitor trends in disease.

The government often doesn’t need a warrant to get your e-mails. But most think it should.

Andrea Peterson, The Washington Post,  Monday, November 30, 2015

New polling suggests Americans are ready for the law to change. Some 77 percent of more than 1,000 registered voters surveyed by pollsters at Vox Populi this month said they believe a warrant should be required to access "emails, photos and other private communications stored online." When the voters had the basics of ECPA explained to them, 86 percent said it should be updated, and 53 percent said they'd be more likely to support a candidate who favored "strengthening online privacy" through reforming the law.

EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact

Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Monday, November 30, 2015

The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance. To address the court's concerns, particularly that Europeans do not have legal channels to challenge misuse of their data, the Commission is looking for ways to involve European privacy watchdogs more deeply, according to three people familiar with the matter.

An (Accessible) Future We Can All Be Proud Of

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Sunday, November 29, 2015

So how to celebrate International Day for People with Disabilities? Let’s begin with that which is obvious to fix: web accessibility. As I have commented upon before: we have standards that work but have lacked a hardy political will to put them in place. In the E.U. that wind is now shifting a bit. The European Commission has signaled very recently (since my last post on this subject) that it is now inclined to act. Once the E.U. promulgates a directive, it will then be up to member states to transpose that directive into national or “local” law.

TASER Wins Major Bid to Outfit 22,000 London Metropolitan Police Officers with Axon Body Cameras

PR Newswire / CNN Money,  Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Led by the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC), the Metropolitan Police completed a 12-month pilot earlier this year using 1,000 of TASER's Axon body-worn cameras. The world's largest trial of body cameras to date was considered a success and a research study conducted by MOPAC and the College of Policing found that introducing the cameras resulted in a 33-percent reduction in complaints against officers.