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Google defends its use of data, points finger at governments

Whetstone defended Google'e approach to managing customer data while acknowledging the firm hasn't always got it right

Google’s senior vice president communications and public policy Rachel Whetstone has defended the company’s evolving strategy on collecting and managing personal data, but said governments need to reform how they seek data from private firms and one another.

US lawmakers propose reforms to limit government’s reach over cloud data

US lawmakers are responding to repeated calls to bring its approach to privacy up to scratch in an age when data is borderless

US lawmakers have this week introduced two bipartisan bills that seek to limit the reach of US courts over data stored in cloud services located outside the US, a move welcomed by a broad coalition of technology and telecoms firms.

Privacy compliance in apps – an important agenda item in 2015

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Rafi Azim-Khan, partner & head of Data Privacy, Europe and Steven Farmer, Counsel Pillsbury Law, discuss aspects of data privacy application developers should be taking into account ahead of the European data privacy policy reforms fast approaching.

Only 3 per cent of UK MPs understand impending EU data protection reforms

Surprisingly few UK MPs claim to have a good understanding of the forthcoming EU data protection reforms, the most significant overhaul to data protection rules on the continent in decades

A recent study surveying what UK parliamentarians think about cloud computing reveals that while most MPs believe data offshoring and security are key barriers to cloud uptake in the public sector, surprisingly few MPs – just three per cent – claim to have a good understanding of the upcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Google CLO: ‘EU needs to complete digital single market initiative’

Drummond was speaking at an event focusing on digital single market reform

Europe needs to complete its ambitious digital single market initiative if it wants to help citizens and local technology businesses thrive, according to David Drummond, Google’s senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer.

Microsoft gains raft of support from cloud, media firms, associations in taking on US authorities

Microsoft has gained tremendous support from a range of stakeholders for its appeal to a court order requiring the cloud giant to hand over data stored overseas

Microsoft has amassed strong support from dozens of cloud computing companies, media firms, leading computer scientists, and trade associations and advocacy groups in its continued bid to battle a US government court order to hand over email data being held on the company’s servers in Ireland.

Databarracks: 2015 a ‘make or break’ year for G-Cloud

The UK government is ahead of the curve in pushing cloud-first in the public sector. But will that remain the case?

G-Cloud sales are likely to peak above £350m before the year is out, but 2015, which will see the launch of the sixth iteration of the UK government’s cloud services procurement framework, will be a ‘make or break’ year for the ambitious government programme according to Databarracks managing director Peter Groucutt.

G-Cloud rises above EMEA gov cloud initiatives, but for how long?

The UK government is ahead of the curve in pushing cloud-first in the public sector. But will that remain the case?

The UK government is “ahead of the curve” when it comes to cloud adoption and streamlining digital service procurement practices across the public sector, according to recently published research from IDC. But Massimiliano Claps, research director at IDC Government Insights told BCN that while the UK government has taken strides to refine the procurement and certification process for G-Cloud, it’s unclear whether the moves will make buyers’ lives easier.

European Parliament slips Google unbundling into single digital market agenda

The European Parliament wants to take a hard line on anti-competitive behaviour

European Parliament has approved a motion stressing among other things the need to unbundle search engines from the other commercial services offered by those companies. Though technically non-binding, largely symbolic and heavily criticised, the move seems largely aimed at pressuring the European Commission to investigate the possible breakup of Google. The move was brushed off by some as “political theatre.”

US Department of Health deploys Office 365 in cloud resuscitation

The US Department of Health and Human Services is deploying Office 365 in a bid to consolidate email and collaboration systems and save money

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a five-year $92m contract to InfoReliance, a Microsoft consulting partner, to help the agency migrate its email and collaboration platform over to Office 365.

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