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  • Blog Post: Marking Data Privacy Day with dialogue and new data

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft We at Microsoft focus on privacy protections for our customers every day of the year. On Jan. 28, we join others across private and public sectors around the world to mark Data Privacy Day (DPD) – which is also known as Data Protection...
  • Blog Post: Continuing our commitment to privacy and consumer choice with Do Not Track

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft As part of our ongoing commitment to privacy, Microsoft has included improvements to our support of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Do Not Track (DNT) effort in the Windows 8.1 Preview released at Microsoft’s Build conference...
  • Blog Post: Advancing Consumer Trust and Privacy: Internet Explorer in Windows 8

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Today, Microsoft announced Windows 8 has reached Release Preview and Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 will have “Do Not Track” (DNT) on by default. This post includes additional thoughts about this important milestone in our effort...
  • Blog Post: Privacy and a New Era of Personal Computing: A View from Brussels

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft I spent last week in Brussels with privacy regulators and practitioners from around the world, many of whom were there for the IAPP European Data Protection Congress . It’s an important time for privacy globally, and I want to share a...
  • Blog Post: New White Paper Details Privacy Safeguards of Office 365

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Privacy is a top priority for many users of cloud computing, so Microsoft today is releasing a white paper that details many of the specific data protection policies, procedures and tools that have been integrated into Office 365, our newest...
  • Blog Post: To Track or Not to Track? Not Just a Question, a Choice for Consumers and Industry

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft As part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen privacy for consumers, Microsoft recently announced that the next version of Internet Explorer (IE 10) will include the Do-Not-Track (DNT) feature turned “on” by default. There has...
  • Blog Post: Do Not Track in the Windows 8 Setup Experience

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft With Windows 8’s recent release to manufacturing, we know many people are interested in how customers will discover Do Not Track (DNT) in Internet Explorer 10. DNT will be enabled in the “Express Settings” portion of the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Privacy by Design at Microsoft

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer New technology, powerful handheld computing devices, and inexpensive data storage have enabled a wide array of online services that help people connect, collaborate and get things done. Today, more than two billion people use the Internet. That’s...
  • Blog Post: Location and Privacy: Where are we headed on Data Privacy Day?

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Technologies and services that track, analyze and share individuals’ movements have proliferated in recent years. With more and more people connecting to the Internet through mobile devices, and with location based services surging in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Joins the FCC to Discuss Location-based Services and Privacy

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Today, I am representing Microsoft in a Location Based Services Forum hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to discuss how consumers can harness the potential of location-based services while still protecting their privacy. Location...
  • Blog Post: Comparing Search Data Retention Policies of Major Search Engines Before the EU

    Posted By Brendon Lynch Director of Privacy Strategy (Re-posted from The Data Privacy Imperative blog) Today, I testified before the Article 29 Working Party , the Europe Commission group charged with providing advice to the EU and member states on the protection of personal data. The Article 29...
  • Blog Post: Building Global Trust Online

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Today, I’m happy to share a new Microsoft publication, Building Global Trust Online: Policy Perspectives on Privacy, Safety and Security . It’s intended as a starting point for discussions with policymakers on these important and...
  • Blog Post: Toward building consumer trust and a Do Not Track solution

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Last week, we launched a consumer privacy awareness campaign to educate people about the tools and technologies Microsoft provides to help protect their personal information online. We prioritize privacy because we know it’s important...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft recognized for privacy-enhancing identity management technology

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Director, Trustworthy Computing Last night, Microsoft was honored to accept the 2010 HP-IAPP Privacy Innovation Award for Technology . The award was presented by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world’s...
  • Blog Post: FTC Publishes Online Privacy Report

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft The Federal Trade Commission today released a major report on consumer privacy online. You can read the report here . Microsoft has long recognized the critical importance of privacy to our customers. Our internal tools and processes...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft supports continuing work toward a Do Not Track standard

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Our customers expect strong privacy protections to be built into Microsoft technologies, so we make privacy a priority. Our inclusion of Do Not Track (DNT) in Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 is an example of how we strive to meet...
  • Blog Post: Initiating “Conversations on Privacy”

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft As we engage with people around the world, it is clear that privacy issues are top of mind for consumers, businesses, governments and policymakers. It seems like every day there is a new story highlighting concerns related to the collection...
  • Blog Post: Accountability in Action: Microsoft’s Privacy Program

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Accountability has been a globally recognized principle of privacy and data protection for more than three decades. But in the past few years, an important effort has been under way to clearly delineate what accountability—and the related...