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Mass. Bill Would Put Privacy Squeeze on Cloud Apps For Schools 95

Posted by timothy
from the rent-seeker-vs.-rent-seeker dept.
An anonymous reader points out a story at The Register about a Microsoft-backed bill proposed by Massachusetts state representative Carlo Basil which seems aimed directly at Google's cloud apps. The bill, if it should be enacted, would require that "[a]ny person who provides a cloud computing service to an educational institution operating within the State shall process data of a student enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade for the sole purpose of providing the cloud computing service to the educational institution and shall not process such data for any commercial purpose, including but not limited to advertising purposes that benefit the cloud computing service provider."
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Mass. Bill Would Put Privacy Squeeze on Cloud Apps For Schools

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  • Several thoughts (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 09, 2013 @06:52AM (#43124971)
    1) that ALL data format should be easily 100% convertible to open formats.
    2) that all companies shall be prevented from selling/giving OSs or educational software at lower than their normal price so as to lock-in students.
  • by DrEldarion (114072) on Saturday March 09, 2013 @10:06AM (#43125575)

    The idea of lobbying, in itself, is not bad. Corporate lobbying, even, isn't necessarily bad. Corporations are just a group of people, and they're having a small set of people bring their concerns before the government representatives. This can be done for very good things, as well - Google lobbies very heavily for a free and open internet, and has been instrumental in things like shutting down SOPA.

    The real problem comes in when less honest entities confuse "lobbying" and "bribing", and when (on purpose or by design) they confuse the lobbyist's interest with the public interest.

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