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Lawsuit Raises Red Flags For Government Cloud Users

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Friday, March 28, 2014 11:59 EDT

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CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/11/2014 1:21:29 PM
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regulation
Yes. I wasn't aware of the massive difference in regulation with regards data. I think its also worth pointing out the role of organisations and businesses to protect their employees data when online, I read an interesting article about it here- 

http://www.zdnet.com/uk/cloud-computing-you-still-cant-dodge-data-protection-rules-7000004894/

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
4/9/2014 3:03:42 PM
User Rank Staff
Europe
Europe, of course, has much, much tighter data privacy regulation than the US.  I'm sure it's a bureaucratic system, but it's working. And there are hefty penalties for infringements (ask Google).

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/5/2014 10:09:47 AM
User Rank Blogger
Tax Break
Well to be honest no. A tax break would make it worth your whole to sell your data which puts the poor at a disadvantage and forced to sell it in hard times. I think it has to be entierly democratic. No benefits either way. Otherwise we allow the advertisers a back door via bargaining in my opinion.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/5/2014 10:07:41 AM
User Rank Blogger
publish data use
Maybe we should see published data used by government so we can see trends and effect legisalative change in light of open debate with this information at our fingertips.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/5/2014 10:01:42 AM
User Rank Blogger
Data lawsuits
Data protection is going to have a massive effect on the Law firms. I can see massive payouts like we saw with payment protection insurance, for mis use of data, as citizens become more savy about these issues.

The5thHorseman
The5thHorseman  
4/3/2014 3:11:55 PM
User Rank Village Voice
You are your own best friend
I find it ironic that government should not use cloud services due to lack of regulation. The irony being that "regulation" actually IS a function of government.  I work for a university and have repeatedly advised against using cloud services of just about any kind, specifically for this reason. When you read the SLA's proposed by cloud service providers, it becomes apparent rather quickly that the security of your data is considered your problem, and not theirs. If you do decide to go with such providers, I highly recommend you "Lawyer-up" and write your own SLA's that protect your data from improper use. Of course, like speed limit laws, these are only words on paper and odds are good that the people involved will speed anyway (ala Google). So enforcement is necessary to ensure compliance. Will this be a new government agency that would provide such auditing? And what are the consequences for violating such agreements, and who will be held accountable? Without these attributes, the regulation has no teeth. "The Cloud" and its associated technologies have such great potential and promise for cost savings and service improvements through consolidation. But this technology, as all past technologies have, has exploded onto the scene so quickly, far more quickly than the government works, and has largely escaped regualation and rules defining proper handling of personal and sensitive corporate or government data. Until the rules are properly developed, applied and enforced for this game, I don't think governments can afford the risk of playing.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
3/31/2014 1:21:30 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: My data not for sale
Agreed, kq4ym... this sounds more like the beginning of the end for government use of cloud services. I'd hasten to add that the amount of snooping by the NSA that's been revealed also didn't help the case much either.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
3/31/2014 1:18:50 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: My data not for sale
What if you were offered a tax break or some other monetary incentive by the government to farm/re-purpose your data and browsing habits? Would that change the equation any for you, CitySolver?

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
3/30/2014 9:26:18 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Regulation
I was thinking of some disaster parallel to Enron, so many lost retirement funding and a well respected Accounting firm was dissolved. Two public Representatives became famous with Sarbanes Oxley....we may need a proactive governing body similar to what the SOX legislation created.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/30/2014 8:58:05 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Regulation
I think we see that so much in this arena is that the technology or impetus moving forward is so far ahead of thoughtful preparation/planning for itd ramifications. Then it is a reactive mode of response.

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