The National Security Agency secretly tapped the fiber-optic cables that Google and Yahoo use to move information between their international data centers, according to a Washington Post report based on documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden.
The advent of big data leaves federal policymakers with at least two opposite ways to ensure privacy--limit data collection, or allow agencies to store everything and later limit and audit database searches, as the NSA has done with telephony metadata. That second option "will fundamentally change the relationship we have with the state. It means the state will be in a better control position, because it has all this data on our activities," said Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
A bill introduced Oct. 29 in the House and the Senate would restrict intelligence community data collection and storage, although intelligence officials that same day continued their defense of the status quo, with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warning a House panel of "potential negative long-term impact of overcorrecting the authorizations granted to the intelligence community."
In the next few years, the Health Data Initiative plans to focus on publicizing its openly available data to ensure it's put to use. A strategy document dated Oct. 23 says the initiative, which the Health and Human Services Department launched in 2010, should make healthdata.gov more user-friendly and boost outreach to businesses and developers who can realize the data's potential.
A European Parliament committee approved earlier this week a data protection measure that would restrict the transfer of individuals' data for law enforcement or intelligence purposes outside of the European Union.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should launch a project to address the removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare beneficiaries' cards as a core component of its information technology modernization efforts, says the Government Accountability Office.
The Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments' interagency program office awarded a 12-month, $11 million contract Oct. 9 to Systems Made Simple--the same company that originally won the iEHR contract in 2012.
As governments and relief organizations use crowdsourcing to respond to disasters, trust in the knowledge created from collective intelligence will determine whether such efforts are successful or unsuccessful, finds a paper recently published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The Federal Cloud Credential Exchange will reduce the complexity of credentialing, speed up integration with identity providers, improve consumer privacy and ease of use, and cut agency authentication costs, said Douglas Glair, manager of digital partnerships and alliances at the Postal Service, during a recent presentation. The FCCX will serve as a single broker to authenticate consumers, so end-users won't have to obtain a new credential each time they interact with an agency application, he added.
A European Parliament committee is set to vote Monday on a data protection measure that will include restrictions on the transfer of individuals' data for law enforcement or intelligence purposes outside of the European Union. The European Union has had under consideration for two years now a General Data Protection Regulation to update privacy regulations not updated since the mid-1990s.