Following up on Jim O'Reilly's blog regarding the benefits of cloud for city and state authorities, here's Karen S. Evans -- former Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the Executive Office of the President -- taking a look at the legal obstacles.
In the technology-rich world we live in, it's critical for people to understand how their data are processed and used. For the government, it is arguably even more important, given the massive amounts of sensitive citizen data it possesses and stores.
As we move to more sophisticated, data-driven technological environments such as the cloud, it is imperative that all government entities become hypervigilant about making sure that vendors are handling this information appropriately. I am not the first person to say this, and I will certainly not be the last.
Recent disclosures in a California lawsuit have raised several red flags about how government data could be used by cloud vendors -- particularly vendors with business models that rely heavily on advertising revenue and monetizing user data.
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