ZDNetGovWeek: House committee against metadata, Apple opens up gov request info

In what is probably a first for Apple, the company opened up some information...but only about how US agencies request information. A House committee voted against collecting telephone metadata. All that and what's going on in government tech 'round the world.

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

US House committee votes to end NSA's bulk metadata collection program
The US House Judiciary Committee said the move "takes us one step closer to ending bulk collection once and for all and safeguards Americans' civil liberties."

Apple reveals US government data request guidelines
In a bid to improve transparency, Apple has released a set of guidelines by which US agencies can request data relating to users.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Snapchat settles FTC charges over deceptive privacy practices
The FTC case alleged that Snapchat deceived consumers about the amount of personal data it collected and the breadth of security practices in place to protect that data from unauthorized use or disclosure.

No invasion of privacy law under current government: Information Commissioner
The Australian Law Reform Commission recommends new laws to cover serious invasion of privacy, but the current Attorney General, Senator George Brandis, doesn't support the idea.

Australian Taxation Office joins myGov portal
As Australians become able to file a tax return online for the first time, the ATO has joined the federal government's myGov portal.

The spy who loved IT: Are your techies being recruited by foreign agents?
Intelligence agencies see recruiting tech staff as a quick way to access corporate secrets, warns MI5.

OAIC launches privacy policy guide
The Australian Information Commissioner has launched a new guide to help organisations develop privacy policies in light of the changes to the Privacy Act, which sets out how government and private sector organisations must handle people’s personal information.