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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.

Accenture beefs up government cloud, analytics practice with Agilex purchase

GoDaddy is using Office 365 to appeal to SMBs

Accenture announced plans to acquire Agilex, a provider of digital services to the US government and other heavily regulated sectors. The company said the acquisition will bolster Accenture’s expertise in managing cloud, mobile and big data deployments in the public sector.

VMware cloud services gets green light from FedRAMP

VMware's cloud service, provided via Carpathia, has been granted permission to be deployed in US federal government organisations

VMware’s cloud service has been granted approval to operate across the US public sector by the government’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

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.

PwC, Google jointly bid for US DoD healthcare management cloud

Google and PwC are teaming up to bid on a cloud service to help improve global sharing of electronic medical health records for the US Military

Google and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) are teaming up to bid to develop a healthcare management platform that would see the two firms, with the help of a number of large electronic medical health record vendors, modernise the US Department of Defense’s military health system using the cloud to share medical health records globally.

CenturyLink bolsters government cloud with appointment

Tim Meehan, senior vice president and general manager of CenturyLink Government

CenturyLink has this week named Tim Meehan as senior vice president and general manager of CenturyLink Government, who takes the reins from acting senior vice president and general manager Lisa Bruch.

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.”

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