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Amazon Web Services to Open German Center

Amazon Web Services to Open German Center | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon says it is opening the center to answer customer demand, but part of that demand is compliance with German laws around privacy. It’s evidence that even tech companies have to learn to live with the rules.
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Revelations by Edward Snowden about the National Security Agency spying on online systems have made it harder for United States companies to say they won’t violate privacy.

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US Judge Rules Against Microsoft On Email Privacy As Cloud Computing Takes Another Hit

US Judge Rules Against Microsoft On Email Privacy As Cloud Computing Takes Another Hit | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft argued that personal email should have the same legal protections as paper.
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Another blow!! Unless users can be assured that their rights to privacy are being upheld, why would anyone store sensitive data in the cloud?

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud computing timeline illustrates cloud's past, predicts its future

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud computing timeline illustrates cloud's past, predicts its future | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

This cloud retrospective aims to give a high-level view of cloud's history and question what that means beyond 2014

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To know where cloud is going, you have to know where it's from. This timeline illustrates cloud's bumpy history and what that means for its future.

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Report: NSA secretly exploited devastating Heartbleed bug for years (Update: NSA denies)

Report: NSA secretly exploited devastating Heartbleed bug for years (Update: NSA denies) | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
News of the Heartbleed bug has brought the Web to its knees, and Bloomberg says the NSA has been exploiting it for at least two years.
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A September Snowden-supplied revelation revealed that the NSA can easily defeat many of today’s encryption technologies, and in an aside that now seems precognizant, the SSL protocol was then rumored to be a particular favored target for the Agency.

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Cloud computing 2014: Moving to a zero-trust security model

Cloud computing 2014: Moving to a zero-trust security model | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Instead of scaring businesses away from using hosted services, as some experts predicted, the leaking of classified documents detailing NSA data collection activities are driving some long overdue changes in enterprise and service provider security...
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Admittedly at the end of the day, the market is a far more secure place today than it was pre-NSA PRISM programme.

 

 

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How will data protection and cloud computing develop in 2014?

How will data protection and cloud computing develop in 2014? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
From EU legislation to a US Consumer Bill of Rights, Joanne Frears outlines how data protection may evolve next year
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2013 was a bad year for the Cloud when it comes to security and privacy. Having said this I believe the industry has learnt a lot from this and great strides are being made to ensure a far better 2014.

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The NSA has a smiley face problem

The NSA has a smiley face problem | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Allegations that the NSA is secretly harvesting millions of records from Google and Yahoo data centers outrages the tech giants. 'It underscores the need for urgent reform,' says Google's David Drummond.
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As if PRISM wasn't enough now we hear of a secret data gathering program, codenamed MUSCULAR

 

"Unlike the PRISM project, which requires authorization under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and is overseen by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the MUSCULAR program allegedly worked under the radar."

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Europe pushes own digital ‘cloud’ in wake of US spying scandal

Europe pushes own digital ‘cloud’ in wake of US spying scandal | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The European Commission will redouble efforts to promote EU-based cloud services this autumn - including the urgent drafting of a new charter - amid mounting evidence that the US Prism spying scandal may damage the global market share of...
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The EU will be trying to limit the damage to their cloud aspirations by distancing themselves from the Prism spying scanfal. Not sure how easy that will be.

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Oh Google. Of course email users expect privacy -- you promised it to them

Oh Google. Of course email users expect privacy -- you promised it to them | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The company has claimed in a legal document that Gmail users and their correspondents have “no legitimate expectation of privacy”. Only that’s not quite how Google sells its services.
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To be fair to Google, advertising is their livelihood and scanning our emails for leading words is nowhere as intrusive as what the NSA did with their PRISM programme. Nonetheless, one should throw caution to the wind. If the scanning criteria had to be widened, I would be the first to show apprehension.

 

The Cloud concept depends on trust. Take trust out of the formula and cloud will fail. It's like putting money in a bank, you are meant to sleep well once you deposit your hard earned cash there. The same goes for storage and other cloud services.

 

The industry finds itself at a crossroad. It is up to the big players, the ones that are already factoring in their profits. Either they find a way to put every users' head at rest or face many years of uncertainty.

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PRISM spy storm could see UK and US cloud computing customers flee overseas

PRISM spy storm could see UK and US cloud computing customers flee overseas | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Countries with more stringent privacy laws could see secure cloud solutions boom
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The PRISM story is a sad day for the cloud. Hopefully we can survive this bad press and move forward

 

 

 

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VIDEO: Cloud-Computing brings new challenges

VIDEO: Cloud-Computing brings new challenges | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The NSA Prism spying scandal risks undermining trust in U.S. cloud computing businesses, the EC's vice-president, Neelie Kroes, has warned in a speech today. Kroes also reiterated calls for "clarity and transparency" from the U.S. regarding the scope...
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In order for cloud-computing not to be a legal jungle the big players are using open-source software, the license-free method for a creating a product.

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US Cloud Computing Industry Stands to Lose Billions Due to Impact of NSA Surveillance

US Cloud Computing Industry Stands to Lose Billions Due to Impact of NSA Surveillance | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The cloud computing industry is particularly vulnerable to the effects of NSA bulk surveillance, and could lose billions in the next three to five years, according to a new study.

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The costs under review are those to the broader economy, and to US interests and the global internet community, or those costs which are a by-product of the PRISM program leaked by Edward Snowden and published in the Guardian, the Washington Post and elsewhere in June 2013.

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Stormy days for the cloud

Stormy days for the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Shaken confidence in the American cloud industry could cost it $180 billion, or 25 percent, by 2016, with much of that revenue going to foreign competitors in Australia, Germany and France.
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For the oddest of reasons the author appears to put the entire blame on Edward Snowden ignoring the fact that it was the NSA's PRISM program that was in breach of privacy laws.

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Should Australian businesses fear US cloud vendors?

Should Australian businesses fear US cloud vendors? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Don’t let drama over data sovereignty dictate a business’s IT strategy, warn experts on privacy and cloud computing.
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The only differences between the spying that Snowden revealed in the US and what’s happening in Australia and other nations are that the US activity has been exposed and the Americans have greater spying resources,

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NSA paid $10 million to put their backdoor in RSA encryption, according to Reuters report

NSA paid $10 million to put their backdoor in RSA encryption, according to Reuters report | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
When leaked documents claimed to have caught the NSA inserting bad protocols into the national standards board NIST, it raised more questions than answers. Why would the NSA go to the trouble of inserting a inferior standard into NIST's set of four, when most cryptographers would simply ignore the bad algorithm in favor of the others?
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Ten million is no joke and it would coerce most people, which suggests that encryption on its own will not work. Pass the encryption key to the user and all is solved. Mega.co.nz already does this which is why I will always suggest them for storage needs.

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Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others launch campaign for NSA reform

Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others launch campaign for NSA reform | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Eight of the biggest companies in technology have united to speak out against the NSA's leaked surveillance programs and demand sweeping reforms. AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo have all signed a letter to President Obama and Congress that The Hill reports will run in national print ads on Monday.

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"The security of users' data is critical, which is why we've invested so much in encryption and fight for transparency around government requests for information," says Google CEO Larry Page.

 

I still believe that encryption does not complete the job. The ultimate security is relinquishing control of the encryption key and passing it on directly to the user. Very similar to what mega.co.nz already does. Of course, if you lose your password you lose your data but somewhere along the line the user has to be responsible for his/her own data.

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Pascal Kotté's curator insight, December 9, 2013 4:02 PM

En voila une bonne idée, au moins l'intention... Ceci dit, au vu des millions que cette histoire leur a, et va leur coûter encore, je comprends leurs motivations. Toutefois, je doute que cela suffise, car j'espère bien que PRISM aura donné une meilleure compréhension de ce que peut signifier la "Gouvernance de l'information", à ne pas confondre avec la "Gouvernance de l'IT"... ;)

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EU urges cloud computing uptake despite PRISM fallout

EU urges cloud computing uptake despite PRISM fallout | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Benefits of technology must win out over privacy fears
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PRISM was a case for the sort of vulnerability that the Public Cloud suffered from. If the cloud is to be pushed as a secure environment than a Hybrid / Private cloud solution would be the best.

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Prism revelations drive users from US cloud providers - WhaTech

Prism revelations drive users from US cloud providers - WhaTech | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A survey of users of cloud computing from around the world has found many to be reluctant to use US-based services as a result of revelations about the US Government’s surveillance network, Prism, by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Peter Azzopardi's insight:

The loss in potential cloud earnings should be felt all around but mostly in the US. Foreign entities will now be weary of the US. That said, many would argue, that if the NSA can do it then why not the other Sercret Services in other countries?

 

 

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Cloud Infographic: FBI's Magic Lantern

Cloud Infographic: FBI's Magic Lantern | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
FBI - With much of the discussion over the past several weeks surrounding government spy programs on the general public.
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Paranoia from both sides, security services and businesses that deal with confidential data, are the brakes for total cloud deployment.

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Paul Gagnon's curator insight, August 10, 2013 9:15 PM

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