New white paper highlights how Microsoft Teams helps healthcare providers with HIPAA compliance

New white paper highlights how Microsoft Teams helps healthcare providers with HIPAA compliance

A new white paper commissioned by Microsoft from HIPAA One assesses how current Microsoft security controls can help Microsoft Teams customers with HIPAA compliance.

Source: New white paper highlights how Microsoft Teams helps healthcare providers with HIPAA compliance

Microsoft Teams, like the rest of Office 365 is HIPAA compliant by default. The service that is targeted by Microsoft’s version, Slack,  is not in its default configuration. This is not to put down Slack’s effectiveness in the marketplace, but the healthcare industry is a major user of the Microsoft system of business software and integration. This choice is not an option with collaboration and communications in the Personal Health Information space.

Yet another disgrace for Alabama.

Not trying to single out my home state, because if you look hard enough, and drive less than an hour from here, this is a problem that exists as well. Need to do something about this and fast 💯.

Increasing transparency and customer control over data | Microsoft on the Issues

Increasing transparency and customer control over data | Microsoft on the Issues

Microsoft on the Issues

Microsoft can afford to do this as a large tech company because their business model is not mostly dependent on the collection of data, unlike some other firms that happen to be based in Silicon Valley. I applaud them for this initiative.


Today we are announcing new steps to give customers increased transparency and control over their data that is used by Microsoft’s major products.


Privacy is one of the defining issues of our time. As technology becomes more engrained in our lives and our work, people want to understand how and why their data is collected and used, and they want to be able to make appropriate choices. We have longstanding commitments to privacy and have regularly taken steps to give customers more information and more choice, including, for example, being the first large company to voluntarily extend strong privacy protections to customers around the world. Our Trusted Cloud is built on our commitments to privacy, security, transparency and compliance, and our Trust Center provides access to validated audit reports, data management capabilities and information about the number of legal demands we received for customer data from law enforcement.


Categorizing the data we collect as ‘required’ or ‘optional’


First, for all our major products, we’ll categorize the data we collect from devices as either required or optional.


Data in the required category will consist of data that is necessary to making our products and services work as expected by the customer, or to help ensure their security. Required data includes things like the terms of a search query so we can return relevant search results, the IP address, type and version of your device so that we can provide connectivity to our cloud services and security patches that keep your experience safe and secure, and diagnostic data so that we can detect significant feature failures.


Increasing transparency about the data we collect from devices


Second, we will increase transparency about the data we collect by improving product documentation.  Specifically, we’ll ensure that documentation for our major products and services describes the data we collect in each of these categories.


New biannual report describing changes to our data collection


Third, we’re introducing a new report that will be published twice a year at This report will highlight any new required data collection we believe is fundamental to provide, secure, update or maintain the performance of our products. We will also note instances when we stop collecting certain types of data from devices (because product or service changes mean the data is no longer required). Last, we will explain when we make changes to our data collection in response to new privacy laws, industry standards and regulations.


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PyDev of the Week: Neil Muller

PyDev of the Week: Neil Muller

This week we welcome Neil Muller as our PyDev of the Week! Neil is an organizer for Cape Town Python User Group and PyCon ZA. He also speaks at conferences! You can learn more about his open source projects over on Github. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Neil better!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):


I’m an Applied Mathematician with interests in image processing and numerical computation, currently living and working in the Cape Town area, South Africa. I followed an interest in facial recognition into a PhD from the University of Stellenbosch, and that led to working on a variety of image processing and numerical modelling problems at iThemba LABS.


These days I split my working time between iThemba LABS and Praelexis, a machine learning company (mainly using Python) in Stellenbosch.


In my spare time, I am obsessed with board and card games, especially Vampire: The Eternal Struggle.


Why did you start using Python?


I first used Python in 1997 to solve a simple text processing problem while working on my Masters thesis. I liked the language, but I was still mainly a Matlab user at the time and so I didn’t really touch Python again until around 2004, when several of my friends and colleagues started getting really interested in the language and encouraged me to revisit it. I rapidly fell in love with the large standard library and the developing scientific computing stack. By 2005, it had replaced Matlab as my go-to tool for experimenting with problems.


What other programming languages do you know and which is your favorite?


Other than Python, I do a fair amount of work with C and C++, and also do a bit of JavaScript and shell scripting. In the past, I’ve worked extensively with Matlab, done some PHP and a bit of Fortran.


Python is my favourite language. The saying “Python Fits Your Brain” is true for me – I like the syntax and expressiveness of the language, and find it a very powerful tool for modelling and understanding whatever problem I’m trying to solve. While it’s not always part of the final solution to a given problem, it’s almost always part of getting there.


Thanks for doing the interview, Neil!

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Samsung’s Galaxy Fold woes validate Microsoft’s Surface Andromeda caution a Certified Warditorial

The 2019 technology marketplace for platform vendors has evolved, and Microsoft has made headway with it. In the Nadella era, the phrase, “don’t buy anything MS until the 3rd try” is mostly a thing of the past. Could it be that Microsoft’s mobile strategy is counterpunch when others fall, such as Samsung? This is the most recent black eye for the company (remember the Galaxy Note 7?). Not that I could even think of affording one, but for $2000, it better work perfectly. That’s 2 Surface Pros plus a decent phone.

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was hit by early display issues and is now delayed — was Microsoft wise in not playing its foldable pocket PC Surface Andromeda card so soon?


Microsoft’s rumored Surface Andromeda pocket foldable PC is the dream device of many a Windows phone enthusiast. But the nightmare Samsung is enduring thanks to the early failures of its $2000 Galaxy Fold proves that some dreams are better deferred.


I have been writing about Microsoft’s inking focused pocket PC dreams since 2015. Skeptics, wary of Microsoft’s commitment to mobile initially dismissed this analysis. Over the years various leaks, Microsoft patents, the canceled Microsoft Courier and a leaked internal Microsoft email last year have confirmed not only Microsoft’s interest in pocketable folding mobile technology but its work toward bringing such an innovative device to market that “blurs the lines between mobile and PC.”


from Windows Central – News, Forums, Reviews, Help for Windows 10 and all things Microsoft.


Microsoft has mostly learned from its mistakes BITD…

H/T to @brianstelter and CNN’s Reliable Sources newsletter. Very much worth reading, especially if you are a news/politics/media junkie as I am. There is also much to be said about having the experience, “been there, done that, got the T-Shirt” that guides decision making. I must admit that I have been a long term Microsoft fan, though the CEO of the mobile and OS competition is a true Auburn Man!

PyDev of the Week: Dane Hillard

PyDev of the Week: Dane Hillard

This week we welcome Dane Hillard (@easyaspython) as our PyDev of the Week! Dane is the author Practices of the Python Pro, an upcoming book from Manning. He is also a blogger and web developer. Let’s take some time to get to know Dane!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):


I’m a creative type, so many of my interests are in art and music. I’ve been a competitive ballroom dancer, and I’m a published musician and photographer. I’m proud of those accomplishments, but I’m driven to do most of this stuff for personal fulfillment more than anything! I enjoy sharing and discussing what I learn with others, too. When I have some time my next project is to start exploring foodways, which is this idea of exploring food and its cultural impact through written history. I’ve loved cooking (and food in general) for a long time and I want to get to know its origins better, which I think is something this generation is demanding more from industries as a whole. Should be fun!


Why did you start using Python?


I like using my computer engineering skills to build stuff not just for work, but for myself. I had written a website for my photography business in PHP way back in the day, but I wasn’t using a framework of any kind and the application code was mixed with the front-end code in a way that was hard to manage. I decided to try out a framework, and after using (and disliking) Java Spring for a while I gave Django a try. The rest is history! I started using Python for a few work-related things at the time and saw that it adapted well to many different types of tasks, so I kept rolling with it.


What other programming languages do you know and which is your favorite?


I use JavaScript fairly regularly, though it wasn’t until jQuery gave way to reactive paradigms that I really started enjoying it. We’re using React and Vue frequently now and I like it quite a bit for client-side development. I’ve also used Ruby in the past, which I find to be quite Python-like in certain ways. I think I still like Python best, but it’s easy to stick with what you know, right? I wouldn’t mind learning some Rust or Go soon! My original background is mainly in C and C++ but I can barely manage the memory in my own head so I don’t like telling a computer how to manage its memory when I can avoid it, but all these languages have their place.


Thanks for doing the interview, Dane!

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