February 18, 2011 Deadline for Commenting on Privacy Report

Comments on the Federal Trade Commissions privacy report, “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Business and Policymakers” are due on February 18, 2011. The report, published on December 1, 2010, would apply a framework for consumer privacy protection for commercial entities that collect, maintain, share, or otherwise use consumer data that can be linked to a specific consumer, computer or device. The report contains a number of questions set forth by FTC staff for public comment.

February 28, 2011 Deadline for Commenting on NIST’s Draft Cloud Computing Reports

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has requested comments on two draft reports concerning cloud computing by February 28, 2011. The first report, “Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing” (Draft NIST Special Publication 800-144), provides an overview of the security and privacy challenges surrounding cloud computing and provides recommendations that organizations should consider when utilizing a public cloud environment. Comments may be sent via email to 800-144comments@nist.gov. The second report, “A NIST Definition of Cloud Computing” (Draft NIST Special Publication 800-145), restates the existing definition of NIST cloud computing as a formal NIST publication. Comments may be sent via email to 800-145comments@nist.gov by February 28, 2011. Although NIST recommendations are made to the federal government, they are relevant to private sector businesses.