This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS – Friday 17th May 2013

Delta Air Lines online and in the clear

A closely watched lawsuit by a Californian state court against Delta Air Lines has been thrown out.  Delta was alleged to have violated the California Online Privacy Protection Act by failing to disclose data collection and use policies to smartphone and iPhones users of its Fly Delta app.  The app enables check-in, booking changes and reservation info.  Delta lacks a privacy policy whilst holding key personal data of  users.  Whilst in the clear by a whisker, it is a warning shot to other companies to put in place policies about privacy data collection and distribution.

BlackBerry Messenger comes to iPhone and Android

Arguably Blackberry’s biggest feature has always been its BBM service allowing users to chat in real time avoiding SMS charges. With iMessage, Google Talk and Skype this is no longer a bragging right. CEO Thorsten Heins announced BBM is coming soon to iPhone and Android in a move to make the service more open. This is a risky move, the plan assumingly is to use the service to convert some of the existing iPhone and Android community over, but this may just backfire and give users yet another reason not to choose BlackBerry.

Google I/O 2013

This year’s Google developer event on Tuesday in San Francisco bucked the trend on new device announcements and focused on extensive tools for developers. However Google did have some impressive stats showing the huge momentum behind the Android platform (such as over 900 million Android devices have been activated to date and 48 billion Android Apps have been downloaded). The message here is simple, Google is so big that anyone creating mobile Apps needs to be supporting Android.

Who has your rights in the cloud?

Companies can be asked to provide access to their data for legal reasons.  With cloud, your data is no longer held in house, so the cloud vendor could potentially be targeted by 3rd parties including Government agencies without your knowledge or permission.  Would they protect you, or themselves? In the States, the FBI doesn’t need court approval to make enquiries as it can invoke the Patriots Act to gain access.  Knowing where your data is held geographically will affect your governance rights and reinforces the need to choose your cloud provider carefully.