ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.
Top stories this week
Apple omits 'warrant canary' from latest transparency reports; Patriot Act data demands likely made
A warrant canary stating that Apple has 'never received an order' under the Patriot Act has been removed from its latest reports. That suggests such demands have been made.
Apple hiring law enforcement manager in China to handle 'increasing' demands for data
The decision to hire a "head of law enforcement" comes in response to Apple moving to store some Chinese data to servers based on the country's soil.
Apple doubles-down on security, shuts out law enforcement from accessing iPhones, iPads
The iPhone and iPad maker is encrypting its services, end-to-end, in a bid to prevent law enforcement (even with a search warrant) from accessing your device data.
Apple protecting customer privacy from government requests
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Internet Party partner Mana loses its seat while their combined effort was well short of the 5% threshold required for representation in Parliament.
Legislation: To stop the next Snowden, social media security clearance screenings
The Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2014 (HR 5482) hopes to employ 'social media screening' to flag violent psychopaths, and prevent the next Edward Snowden from getting a clearance.
Security concerns raised by US are not an issue for enterprise customers, says Chinese company as it aims at the corporate tech market.
The European Commission is putting together a toolbox for search engines dealing with complaints about right to be forgotten requests, to make sure there's a common approach across Europe.
The Australian Defence Force has rolled out a new e-health program for initially 25,000 members at over double the initial budget of AU$55 million.
The Victorian government has replaced the Information Privacy Act with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 to address the protection levels of personal information collected and used by public agencies.
The number of requests to Apple for device or account data from Australian law-enforcement agencies went up in the first six months of 2014.
The Australian government has added the last few suppliers to its datcentre facilities supplies panel.
Recent security incidents and evolving legislations, including cross-border policies, highlight the need for businesses and consumers to assess potential risks and decide how much they are willing to absorb.
Airbnb will begin collecting occupancy taxes on behalf of its hosts in San Francisco from October 1, as it works to legitimise its service in the face of pressure by local regulators.
A year into the job, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is worried that some believe every Australian town can be a Silicon Valley with fibre to the premises, as he insists there is no money being saved in the fibre rollout.