CrashPlan 5.1 shines light on dark data to nip threats in the bud

Enterprise security and data protection firm Code 42 released the latest version of its backup and restore product, CrashPlan 5.1, on Tuesday. It includes new features that help IT get a handle on end-user data activity to shore up any weak spots.

Google Apps update raises admin control over Google Drive files

Google rolled out an update to Google Apps this week that gives admins greater control over file-sharing in Google Drive. It's called Access Checker and it offers an additional layer of protection to keep employees from sharing sensitive documents without explicit permission. 

New Sync 2.3 release adds folder encryption, SD card support

Sync announced a big update to its flagship serverless file sync tool on Thursday, along with details on how to get involved in its Sync IT Alpha Program for organizations willing to help put Sync's developing file replication tool through its paces.

Dropbox announces new Windows 10 app optimized for tablets

There's some good news today for Dropbox customers who use Microsoft products. The new Dropbox Windows 10 app will be available for the tablet in the next few days and Dropbox said the Windows 10 Mobile app is coming "soon."

CX analytics platform Vennli slices and dices data for improved customer targeting

Customer experience analytics firm Vennli announced an update to its flagship SaaS platform Wednesday that adds features designed to improve what companies can learn about customer behavior.

SIGNiX partners with Alfresco reseller Micro Strategies

A new partnership between e-signature vendor SIGNiX and Alfresco reseller Micro Strategies brings e-signatures to Alfresco Activiti so organizations can ditch pen-on-paper document inscription.

Spotlight: Tech expert calls for removal of the Paperwork Reduction Act

Technologist Clay A. Johnson said the Paperwork Reduction Act is a "terrible law" that impedes the government's ability to connect with American citizens.

Florida city attempts to charge local newspaper $4,973 for FOIA request

Treasure Coast Newspapers, or TCN, recently completed a six-month investigation into how the city of Port St. Lucie, Fla., handles public records requests. It discovered that, "The local government is more opaque than transparent," and that it can take months to receive something as simple as a single report from Animal Control Services.

Sitecore integrates WCM tools into MyWebGrocer to improve customer experience

Sitecore announced a partnership this week to enhance the MyWebGrocer shopping service with Web content management features designed to improve the customer experience.

Former PG&E RM manager says the company ordered her to destroy records after deadly blast

For years, prosecutors have been looking for links that Pacific Gas and Electric Company's sub-standard record keeping processes caused the deadly California gas line explosion in 2010. The blast killed eight people and leveled 38 homes.

CMS administrator 'deadly serious' about improving EHR interoperability

Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, dropped some significant news this week at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. He said the current electronic health records meaningful use program will be replaced with "something better" in 2016.

Spotlight: Centralizing voter records is a 'terrible plan'

Last month's leak of 191 million voter records, the result of a misconfigured database, left some questioning whether a 2002 law requiring states to centralize and digitize voter records was a...

Wisconsin Public Records Board reverses contentious transitory records change

Questions arose last month when members of the Wisconsin Public Records Board quietly changed the definition of what constitutes "transitory records," suddenly making communications via email, text or private social media unavailable for review under open records laws. Following a spate of public outcry, the Board voted unanimously Monday to rescind the changes and restore the original definition that's been on the books since 2010.

Laserfiche 10 amps up support for social and mobile-driven workplaces

ECM vendor Laserfiche is moving beyond the goal of helping customers create a paperless workplace. Company CEO Chris Wacker told attendees at its annual Laserfiche EMPOWER conference that it's interested in "redesigning the workplace itself."

Cisco launches cloud monitoring service to protect against shadow IT

Cisco announced the launch of a new enterprise product Wednesday, Cloud Consumption as a Service. It's designed to monitor the use of public cloud services within an organization and catch potential problems before they arise.

Report: White House is 'willfully blind' to problems with the FOIA process

A new report by the federal Committee on Oversight and Government Reform called the Freedom of Information Act "systemically broken" and said it's no longer a useful tool for ensuring governmental transparency.

Survey: Linking patients to their EHRs is a 'routine' problem

According to a report released this week by the American Health Information Management Association, or AHIMA, linking patients to their EHRs is a fairly large and "routine" problem affecting healthcare organizations across the nation.

Compliance expert: Data scientists play important role in e-discovery

Kon Leong, CEO of compliance firm ZL Technologies, said data scientists get short shrifted in the workplace. They have great job descriptions and the pay grade to go with them, but are consistently hamstrung by workflows that require data experts to spend far more time managing data than actually analyzing it.

Spotlight: UK government agencies push back on FOIA laws

British journalist Harry Phibbs said he thinks local U.K. government agencies don't "want more freedom of information, or even the existing freedom to be maintained. They all want a move...

Ohio hospital uses biometric tech to secure electronic health record data

A hospital in Akron, Ohio implemented new technology recently that pairs patients with their electronic health records via fingerprint scans.