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  • Blog Post: Remembering the Third of July

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Amid the current public debates about government surveillance, this is a good day to step back and remember the Third of July. Of course, the first question you might ask is, what happened...
  • Blog Post: The privacy week that was

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Over time, privacy protection has advanced in key moments. These have involved judges and advocates who appreciated new technologies and found ways to ensure privacy prevailed in a changing...
  • Blog Post: Unfinished business on government surveillance reform

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft In the year since news reports surfaced about U.S. government surveillance practices, a lot has changed. And there even have been some initial positive reforms. We all want to live in a safe...
  • Blog Post: New success in protecting customer rights unsealed today

    Successful challenge of National Security Letter protects longstanding policy of notifying enterprise customers if a government requests their data Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, a federal court in Seattle...
  • Blog Post: We’re listening: Additional steps to protect your privacy

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Last Thursday, news coverage focused on a case in 2012 in which our investigators accessed the Hotmail content of a user who was trafficking in stolen Microsoft source code. Over the past...
  • Blog Post: Providing additional transparency on US government requests for customer data

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today we are updating our transparency reporting to provide new information relating to governmental demands for customer data. Beginning last summer, Microsoft, Google, and other companies...
  • Blog Post: Time for an international convention on government access to data

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Last week, President Obama spoke about the role of the National Security Agency and announced some important changes to the surveillance practices of the U.S. government. We appreciate the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Urges U.S. Senate to Pass 'Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act'

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin receiving H-1B petitions filed by employers across America looking to secure the talents of some of the world’s brightest...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lends Its Voice to ‘Fix the Debt’ Movement

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft The national debt is one of the most serious fiscal issues facing the United States today. It threatens to undermine our nation’s economic growth and competitiveness. The challenge is...
  • Blog Post: A Solid Foundation for Patent Peace

    Posted by Brad Smith & Horacio Gutierrez Executive Vice President & General Counsel and Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft July 18 marked the effective date for the International Trade Commission’s order excluding from the U.S. market Motorola’s Android...
  • Blog Post: Looking Ahead: Cause for Optimism for Online Consumer Privacy

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) at a special summit in Maryland focused on privacy in the digital age. The summit marked a...
  • Blog Post: Brad Smith Statement on Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Budget Recommendations

    Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith had the following statement regarding Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed budget recommendations: “We’re pleased that Governor Gregoire has prioritized education in her budget recommendations, given the...
  • Blog Post: Responding to government legal demands for customer data

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today we have asked the Attorney General of the United States to personally take action to permit Microsoft and other companies to share publicly more complete information about how we handle...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith Testifies in Olympia on Funding Higher Education

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President and General Counsel Earlier this week, I traveled to Olympia to testify before the Washington State legislature on the recommendations of the Higher Education Funding Task Force, which I had the privilege to chair. The task force recommendations provide a...
  • Blog Post: Anti-Piracy Enforcement and NGOs

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President and Microsoft General Counsel (Cross-posted from the Official Microsoft Blog ) A story in yesterday’s New York Times reports on anti-piracy enforcement actions in Russia that have been used for more nefarious purposes than protecting intellectual...
  • Blog Post: Appreciating our Immigration System

    UPDATE: April 1, 2009 - 10:30 a.m. Pacific Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel As I mentioned in my post Monday, today begins the period for U.S. employers to apply for H-1B visas for high-skilled foreign workers. Given the economic downturn, we are filing substantially fewer H-1B applications...
  • Blog Post: Building Confidence in the Cloud

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel [Updated to include video from Voices for Innovation , 3:30 p.m., January 20, 2010] The combination of smart client devices and cloud computing has become the next frontier in information technology, and with good reason. Anyone who has read an e-mail in a Web...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Washington State Competitive in the Global Economy

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft November marks the end of a very long election season. It also marks the start of a new beginning. After all the campaigning and the political ads, November provides all of us a time to come...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Donates $3 Million to Kids in Need of Legal Defense

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President and General Counsel Microsoft is very pleased to announce another $3 million, three-year donation to Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), just two years after we helped establish the organization with a similar investment. KIND is a pro bono organization dedicated...
  • Blog Post: Making a Difference for ‘Kids in Need of Defense’

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel Over the past 18 months, a number of us at Microsoft have been working with Kids in Need of Defense , a pro bono organization dedicated to providing legal representation to the roughly 8,000 unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in the U.S. who face deportation...
  • Blog Post: Start of April Marks Continued H-1B Uncertainty

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Beginning next week – on April 1 – employers can start filing applications for H-1B visas for skilled workers that they are looking to hire to fill open jobs here in the U.S. Many...
  • Blog Post: The View From Washington State: 3 Ways to Improve STEM Education In Our State

    Editor’s Note: This post is part of a monthly series from Microsoft called “The View from Washington State”. The View from Washington State provides insight and commentary on topics and trends of importance to technology, education, corporate citizenship and public policy in Washington...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Offers its Support for the Protect IP Act

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 – the PROTECT IP Act. We support...
  • Blog Post: Business, Government Must Resist the Impulse to Erect Barriers in Tough Times

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel While lots of attention in the U.S. has focused on governmental efforts in Washington to create jobs and economic growth, governments all over the world are grappling with similar challenges. The challenges to the global economy have been top of mind this week...
  • Blog Post: U.S., European Commission Clear Microsoft-Yahoo! Agreement

    Posted by Brad Smith Microsoft Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Michael Callahan Yahoo! Executive Vice President and General Counsel As was broadly reported this morning, both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have completed their reviews of the Microsoft-Yahoo...