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.
Three years after it first proposed such a move the White House has introduced a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (CPBR) that would give consumers clearer and more guarantees on how personal data is protected by organisations – regardless of the sector those organisations operate in. The draft bill seems to be taking heat from all sides, and if adopted it would bring US policy on privacy protection in the age of big data more in line with the draft legislation in Europe.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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 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.”