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Microsoft, civil liberties groups renew calls for Patriot Act reform

Microsoft and close to 50 tech companies and civil liberties assocaitions have renewed calls to reform the US Patriot Act ahead of the expiry of the law's provisions governing bulk data collection

Microsoft, along with nearly fifty other technology civil rights associations and technology firms have signed an open letter to senior members of the US government calling for reform of the Patriot Act, a cause célèbre for Microsoft among other cloud firms in recent years.

HP, EC launch public sector cloud pilots in several European cities

The EC is working with HP to bring cloud to municipal governments in Europe

HP announced it is working with the European Commission on several pilot cloud implementations in a bid to test how internal and citizen-facing public sector services cloud be moved off legacy platforms into more elastic cloud environments. The move is part of the Commission’s broader efforts to catalyse the use of cloud services in the public sector.

G-Cloud director Tony Singleton: ‘G-Cloud saves £23k in admin alone’

Tony Singleton spoke to attendees at the Cloud Expo conference in London this week

G-Cloud has the potential to offer savings of up to 50 per cent on a like for like procurement and around £23,000 in admin costs alone, said Government Digital Services director and head of the G-Cloud programme Tony Singleton.

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.

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.

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