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SafeGov.org and Ponemon Institute have released a study today that shows UK schools are moving rapidly to adopt Cloud Computing, but they overwhelmingly reject business models that allow cloud providers to mine student data for profit. The study presents a mixed picture of cloud services in UK schools: while a majority of schools expect to… » read more

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Cloud computing allows dramatic flexibility in information processing—and on a global basis. Its technology permits data transmissions that span the globe. Computing activities now shift from country-to-country depending on load capacity, time of day, and a variety of other factors. These decisions are sometimes made in real time and by machines rather than humans. The… » read more

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European Union regulators have taken their first step to making good on their recent threat to take “repressive action” against Google by summer. Following last month’s final meeting between Google and European regulators at which “no change” in Google’s attitude was seen, at least five European countries have begun their own investigations into Google’s global… » read more

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On April 2 the French privacy authorities (known by their acronym CNIL) announced that France, and the privacy authorities in five other European countries (Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United-Kingdom ), had agreed to simultaneously begin enforcement actions against Google under their respective domestic privacy laws. The enforcement actions follow a months-long investigation… » read more

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Following last month’s final meeting between Google and European regulators at which “no change” in Google’s attitude was seen by European Union (“EU”) regulators, at least five European countries began their own investigations into Google’s global privacy policy, promising coordinated enforcement action by summer. But enforcement action against Google, and other global cloud companies, could… » read more

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European regulators have decided to pursue joint legal action against Google in the most coordinated effort to date against the Internet services provider by national regulatory authorities. In October, European Union privacy authorities requested changes to the Google’s unified privacy policy, critiquing the policy’s lack of transparency and clear user choice. The recent announcement, a… » read more

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Europe’s Data Protection Authorities have made a bold new move in their long-running fight to compel changes in Google’s controversial privacy policy. After repeated warnings that the policy violates the rights of European users and persistent indifference from Google, six of the 27 members of the EU’s Article 29 Working Party of national Data Protection… » read more

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Introducing SafeGovEU

Government policy and regulation regarding the procurement and use of cloud computing technologies is still in its nascent stages in Europe and globally. SafeGov EU will therefore focus on the important policy and procurement issues related to cloud adoption in the public sector, such as data protection and privacy, cybersecurity, contracts and standards setting. This… » read more

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SafeGov recently had the opportunity to speak with the Inspector General of the Polish Data Protection Authority (Ochrony Danych Osobowych), Wojciech Wiewiórowski. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation. EU Data Protection Regulation and the Future of Safe Harbor Q: The proposed new EU Data Protection Regulation currently under debate will replace the 1995… » read more

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I attended the recent Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels hosted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). After three days of attending sessions, listening to some of the best-known European experts speak about data protection and privacy, and talking to dozens of other attendees, I walked away with one very clear observation: European… » read more

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