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European Commission to reform mobile cloud services regulations – report

The EC is looking to create a level playing field in how telcos and mobile cloud service providers are regulated

The European Commission is considering plans to reform how mobile cloud service providers, also know as Over The Top (OTT) companies, are regulated, according to reports from the FT.

EU data protection authorities rubber-stamp AWS’ data processing agreement

EU data protection authorities have rubber-stamped AWS' data protection practices

The group of European Union data protection authorities, known as the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), has approved AWS’ Data Processing Agreement, which the company said would help reassure customers it applies high standard of security and privacy in handling their data, whether moved inside or out of the EU.

US Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights doesn’t not go too far enough, critical supporters say

The US White House introduced another draft of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which drew sharp criticism from across the political spectrum

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 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.

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