Congress could blow an opportunity to fix a major email privacy issue

Rob Pegoraro, Yahoo News,  Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The 114th Congress’ time is running out, but there’s still time for it to fix an obsolete email privacy law that almost everybody agrees is broken. But even though the privacy-reform bill to fix those problems, H.R. 699, otherwise known as the “Email Privacy Act,” won unanimous passage in the House back in April, you can’t rule out Congress failing to finish the job, because that’s what tends to happen on Capitol Hill when tech policy comes up.

ISO Prepares to Launch Standard Building Blocks for Cloud SLAs

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould,
Monday, September 12, 2016

When large cloud customers deal with multiple cloud providers, as they typically do, there is bound to be some conceptual and terminological drift between the different SLAs. An obvious need arises for a standard way of building cloud service level agreements that meets the requirements of both customers and providers. The forthcoming ISO/IEC 19086 is just such a standard for cloud SLAs. A multinational committee of experts has been working on this project since 2013 and is expected to finalize the first of four planned parts this November. The four parts are as follows:

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Versus Other EU Data Transfer Compliance Options

Lothar Determann, Brian Hengesbaugh and Michaela Weigl, Bloomberg Law,  Monday, September 12, 2016

Baker & McKenzie attorneys discuss the pros and cons of the recently-approved EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and compare it to other options available for cross-border data transfers from the European Economic Area to the U.S. When companies choose an appropriate compliance mechanism to establish adequate safeguards for data importers and onward transferees outside the EEA, they should carefully analyze their particular situation, the authors write.

Student Privacy in Higher Ed Focus of Stanford-Hosted Project

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The role of the Legal & Compliance Community in shaping the future of technology

Dervish Tayyip, EU Policy Blog,  Friday, September 9, 2016

Legal and Compliance professionals have an important role to play in helping shape the future of technology and cloud computing in particular. That was highlighted at today’s 28th Global Legal ConfEx, where I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote discussing the role of the Legal and Compliance community at a time of great uncertainty. The opportunities offered by cloud computing are big, as many of us who work with technology see every day. But these are also challenging times. In many instances technology has outpaced law and regulation. The Legal and Compliance community is grappling with the uncertainty that this creates, which in many cases is exacerbated by a lack of resources. However, it is also important to acknowledge that this is not a new phenomenon – it has happened before with other technologies. History tells us that regulatory equilibrium is eventually restored and progress continues.

Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader

Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review,  Thursday, September 8, 2016

Smith has taken the government to court four times in the past three years, each time accusing it of breaching the Constitution in its efforts to get its hands on Microsoft customers’ data. He believes computers and the Internet have weakened vital checks on government surveillance that have typically helped to assure personal privacy. Now Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, says he is waging a legal war on the government in an attempt to restore those checks. “We shouldn’t depart from the historic balance,” Smith says, speaking in his bland corner office on Microsoft’s quiet campus in Redmond, Washington.

Compliance records provide fuel for big data analytics

Jeffrey Ritter, TechTarget/SearchCompliance,  Thursday, September 8, 2016

Well-designed compliance records management can generate new business revenue for businesses by feeding big data analytics engines valuable data.

Classroom Analytics Can Have Big Impact on Educational Outcomes

Mike Patterson, EdTech,  Thursday, September 8, 2016

Collecting student data can be a great source of insight, but best practices for privacy and security must be followed.

Public Cloud Market to Exceed $236B by 2020

Frank Konkel, Nextgov,  Thursday, September 8, 2016

The biggest disruptive force in the global tech market over the past two decades is about to get a lot bigger. In a new report, researchers at Forrester predict the public cloud services market will grow to $236 billion by 2020, more than double the $114 billion public cloud spend worldwide this year. This dramatic uptick—at an annual growth rate of 23 percent—reflects the massive IT modernization effort amid private sector companies and, to a lesser extent, government.

AWS Signs CJIS Agreement with the State of Oregon

AWS Government,  Thursday, September 8, 2016

AWS recently signed a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) agreement with the State of Oregon. Oregon joins California, Minnesota, and Colorado in allowing both state and local police to leverage the AWS Cloud for sensitive data, such as fingerprints and criminal history. These CJIS security addenda give our law enforcement customers the confidence that their data will pass CJIS compliance audits and that their data is secure in the AWS Cloud.