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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: Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts

    Posted by Matt Thomlinson Vice President, Trustworthy Computing Security, Microsoft In December, we announced our commitment to further increase the security of our customers’ data. We also announced our plans to reinforce legal protections for our customers’ data, and continue to increase...
  • 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: White House highlights value of partnership in cybersecurity regulation

    Editor’s Note: The following post is from J. Paul Nicholas, Senior Director, Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy at Microsoft and Cristin Goodwin , Senior Attorney, Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft. The 2013 Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (EO) set forth...
  • 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: Microsoft to introduce features to protect Windows Phone users

    Posted by Fred Humphries Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Over recent months, Microsoft has been working with others in the wireless industry to develop voluntary principles for implementing more robust theft-deterrent technologies in smartphones. As a result of this work, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Making the Microsoft Services Agreement even easier for people to understand

    Posted by Ryan Gavin General Manager of Search, Cloud and Content, Microsoft As I’ve written about in the past , one of the things we are very focused on at Microsoft is making sure people have a great experience across all of our apps and services. Whether it’s providing one easy place...
  • 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: 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: 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: One step closer to TV white spaces access and preserving the open Internet

    Posted by Paul Mitchell General Manager, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission established a portion of the regulatory framework necessary to foster the development of a commercial domestic market for unlicensed devices operating in the TV white spaces...
  • 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: Using wireless technology innovation to enable cloud-connected experiences in Ghana and beyond

    Posted by Paul Garnett Director, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft I’m in Accra, Ghana, attending the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit, where we are announcing new TV white spaces pilots on four continents, including our newest project in Koforidua, Ghana. TV white spaces, the unused...
  • Blog Post: Building trust in personal data ecosystems

    Posted by Paul Mitchell General Manager, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Editor’s Note: The World Economic Forum released three reports today as part of its Rethinking Personal Data initiative. Microsoft is on the Steering Board of this multi-year effort to explore frameworks for the use...
  • Blog Post: New whitepaper details how Latin America can benefit from the cloud while protecting data

    Posted by Suzanne Choney Microsoft News Center Staff A new whitepaper, “Facilitando the Cloud: Data Protection Regulation as a Driver of National Competitiveness for Latin America,” was made available by Microsoft Wednesday as part of the Government Leaders Forum - Latin America and the...
  • Blog Post: NETmundial – Multi-stakeholder Internet governance moves forward

    Posted by Paul Mitchell General Manager, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Today, NETmundial , a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, wrapped up in São Paulo, Brazil. NETmundial proved to be an excellent forum for gathering insights from stakeholders in an...
  • Blog Post: Rebalancing the data asymmetry

    Posted by Paul Mitchell General Manager, Technology Policy Group A combination of ubiquitous data, analytics and machine learning is ushering in a transition from the information economy to a knowledge economy – where growth is driven primarily by the production of new ideas, insights, and knowledge...
  • Blog Post: EU privacy authorities approve Microsoft cloud contracts

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In a post Thursday on The Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs Brad Smith announced that the European Union’s data protection authorities have found that Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Spectrum Observatory project opens up for increased collaboration

    Posted by Anoop Gupta Lead Software Development Engineer, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft On March 31, we released all of the source code for the Microsoft Spectrum Observatory under an open source software license, a move that will increase opportunity for collaboration with academics, governments...
  • Blog Post: Nokia-Microsoft deal approved by Chinese Ministry of Commerce

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In a post Tuesday on The Official Microsoft Blog, it was announced that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services. “MOFCOM’s decision effectively adopts Microsoft’s...
  • 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: 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: Studies spotlight adverse impact of immigration reform inaction

    Posted by Fred Humphries Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft In two weeks, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services will start to accept this year’s applications for H-1B visas. As in previous years, demand is expected to outpace the spaces available and many will not be...
  • 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...