Microsoft lobbies for cloud privacy law Staff

Microsoft demands privacy law overhaul
Continuing the company's push for safer cloud computing, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith insisted on electronic

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privacy laws being updated during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in our nation's capital.

Smith noted that the 1986 decree did not anticipate data being stored on remote servers and away from personal computers. "The law needs to catch up," he said.

Smith's concern, of course, was not so much for the safety and security of his customers' data, but over fears that online security worries would limit cloud computing's growth. Google, Amazon and representatives are scheduled to speak at a similar hearing today, because, as always, Microsoft gets first dibs.

Let it be… in the cloud
Let the Beatles/cloud puns fly from the heavens, as Sir Paul McCartney and Hewlett-Packard have teamed up to store his life's work in a private cloud.

The rock legend has commissioned HP to store his songs, artwork and video in a private cloud that will be created by the company and controlled by Sir Paul and his people. No word yet on if his music with Wings will be stored in a smaller, more boring, far less secure cloud.

Cisco brings the cloud to Portugal
Portugal Telecom has collaborated with networking giant Cisco Systems to bring "world-class" cloud computing services to the European nation, the companies announced.

The first step will be a Compute as a Service offering provided by Portugal Telecom to businesses, with the duo aiming for large organizations as well as the small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that account for most of the Portuguese market.

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