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BSA releases rankings of global cloud policies – UK drops and US rises on leader board

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The BSA | The Software Alliance has released its global ranking of cloud computing policies, assessing the cloud readiness and policies of the world’s 24 leading ICT economies, with the UK dropping down the leader board.

Microsoft files lawsuit against US government and secret snooping orders

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Microsoft has filed a new lawsuit in federal court against the United States government arguing the right that customers should have the right to know when the state accesses their emails or records.

New EU data regulations receives warm reception from industry

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The European Union finally rubber-stamped a refresh of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that offers greater protection for individuals but at cost of a greater burden on businesses.

Microsoft endorses EU-US Privacy Shield despite criticism from EU industry commentators

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Microsoft has become one of the first major US tech companies to confirm its support of the EU-US Privacy Shield, the successor of the now defunct Safe Harbour Agreement.

Socitm outlines concerns for local government ahead of new data protection regulations

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The Society of Information Technology Management, Socitm, has stated that local government bodies should review all information governance arrangements in light of changes to EU-US data protection policies.

Privacy Shield data agreement dismissed as ‘reheated Safe Harbour’

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The new framework for transatlantic data flows proposed by legislators for the European Commission has had a mixed reaction from the cloud industry.

UK parliament warns against new Investigatory Powers Bill

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The UK government must ‘urgently review’ the expensive obligations it is about to pass onto the cloud industry, according to a new report on the effects of the Investigatory Powers Bill.

US FedRAMP has turned into a slow lane for government cloud says protest group

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A cloud industry protest group has called on the US government to fix its FedRAMP process for certifying government cloud service providers.

Can Safe Harbour stay afloat?

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Although the slow churning of US and EU authorities negotiating a replacement for Safe Harbour can be heard in the distance, no timeline has yet been set for its implementation.

UK Competition and Markets Authority to launch legal probe into cloud storage

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The UK’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) is to launch a review of how the cloud storage sector may be affected by consumer law, in the wake of rising concerns about pricing and services charges.

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