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  • Blog Post: Why the CLS Bank case matters

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the Alice v. CLS Bank, reaffirming that abstract ideas are not eligible for patent protection. The Court correctly...
  • Blog Post: Enhancing learning while protecting safety and privacy

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Over the past year, revelations of government surveillance, highly publicized data breaches and other stories of private information being leaked have dominated the media. More revealing than the stories themselves is the public’s impassioned...
  • Blog Post: Singapore leads the way on TV white spaces regulation

    Posted by Jessica Tan Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore On Monday, Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) announced a regulatory framework for unlicensed access to unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands, known as TV white spaces (TVWS). Radio spectrum is...
  • 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: Envisioning cyberspace in 2025

    Posted by J. Paul Nicholas Senior Director, Global Security Strategy & Diplomacy, Microsoft On Monday, Microsoft released a new report entitled “ Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain ” that looks beyond today’s technological trends to anticipate...
  • 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: ‘Who Has Your Back?’ – Electronic Frontier Foundation gives Microsoft 6/6 Stars on privacy approach to government data access

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On Thursday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released its fourth annual report rating technology companies on their efforts to protect customer data from the government. “Who Has Your Back?” reflects the EFF’s thorough...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft panel explores the policy implications of intelligent systems

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On May 16, Microsoft convened a panel of academic researchers working at the confluence of the technology, humanity and policy aspects of intelligent systems at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The intergenerational...
  • 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: Strengthening our policies for investigations

    Posted by John Frank Deputy General Counsel & Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft We believe that Outlook and Hotmail email are and should be private. Over the past 24 hours there has been coverage about a particular case, so we want to provide additional context and describe...
  • 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: A cross-industry Partnership for American Innovation

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, Microsoft announced it has joined the newly formed Partnership for American Innovation. The partnership includes Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM and Pfizer —...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft partners with USAID to help end extreme poverty by 2030

    Posted by Anthony Salcito Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft On Thursday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce that Microsoft is one of 30 inaugural Cornerstone Partners chosen to advance a science and technology-based approach to economic development. ...
  • Blog Post: The key to a secure cyberspace: Speed and resilience

    Posted by Mark Williams Chief Security Officer, Microsoft Federal Organizations of all types today face a daily and growing assault from nation states, lone actors and organized crime. The effects of a cyber-attack can be as far-reaching, troublesome and significant as physical attacks, and can make...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft releases 2013 Law Enforcement Requests Report

    Posted by John Frank Deputy General Counsel & Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, we published our most recent Law Enforcement Requests Report , which details the number of legal demands for customer data we received from law enforcement agencies around the world...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft applauds US NTIA’s transition of key Internet domain name functions

    Posted by David Tennenhouse Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Technology Policy The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s recent announcement of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community...
  • Blog Post: New research forecasts the staggering cost of cybercrime

    Posted by David Finn Associate General Counsel & Executive Director, Microsoft Cybercrime Center A new study released Tuesday reaffirms what we in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit have seen for some time now – cybercrime is a booming business for organized crime groups all over the...
  • Blog Post: Strengthen the patent system by invalidating overly broad patents

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Friday, Microsoft filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of affirmance in the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case. Our interest in this case is to ensure the Supreme...
  • Blog Post: Conundrums in cyberspace — exploiting security in the name of, well, security

    Posted by Scott Charney Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft At Microsoft, establishing and sustaining trust with our customers is essential. If our customers can’t rely on us to protect their data—whether from crooks, mismanagement or excessive government intrusion—they...
  • Blog Post: More work needed to protect European Union from patent trolls

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft In less than a month, European leaders will come together to finalize the draft rules of procedure for the Unitary Patent Court. On Tuesday, a diverse cross-industry coalition...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft voices support for FCC’s net neutrality announcement

    Posted by David Tennenhouse Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Technology Policy The Internet is critical to our economy and our future. Today, it enables anyone, anywhere, to connect, access content and share ideas. These attributes have been at the center of the Internet’s ability to catalyze...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Translator expanded, Language Toolbox launched in celebration of Mother Language Day

    Posted by Carla Hurd Microsoft Local Language Program On Friday, Microsoft announced the expansion of Microsoft Translator with the addition of Welsh and the launch of Language Toolbox , both in celebration of UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day . Language Toolbox is a collection of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft focuses on employing and training our nation’s veterans

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues How can the private sector best help our nation’s veterans successfully transition from the military to civilian employment? On Tuesday, leading experts and veterans gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington...
  • Blog Post: Leading the way on patent transparency

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, the Administration issued a call to America’s innovation community to help strengthen the patent system by providing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and global law enforcement leaders team up to fight cybercrime

    Posted by David Finn Executive Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Cybercrime Center Last week, Microsoft hosted our first Cybercrime Enforcement Summit. More than 60 global law enforcement leaders and cybercrime experts met in Redmond for two days of closed-door sessions, discussing...