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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: 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: 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: 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: ‘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: 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: 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: 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: Keeping technology safe for our most vulnerable users

    Posted by Anthony Salcito Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft On Wednesday in Barcelona, more than 1,100 educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries are gathering to re-imagine and redesign the world of education for the 21st century. As the education...
  • 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, experts gather for Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C.

    Posted by Peter Cullen General Manager, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft This week is particularly exciting for the many people at Microsoft who focus on data privacy. Several of us will attend the annual Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by the International Association of Privacy...
  • Blog Post: Continuing our support for government surveillance reform

    Posted by Frederick S. Humphries Jr. Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft People from around the world are increasingly coming together to call for increased reform of government surveillance, and Microsoft sees Tuesday’s effort as a broad demonstration of that growing momentum...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Back to School with New Devices? Lesson #1: Mobile Safety

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft Unlike their parents who went back to school with new notebooks, pens, pencils, and binders, today’s young people are likely readying for the coming academic year with laptops, tablets and mobile phones...
  • 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: Accountability in Privacy – a Canadian Perspective

    Editor’s Note: Microsoft has been a proponent of accountability, a globally recognized principle of privacy and data protection, and prioritizes the concept in our privacy program. We recently published an accountability-based analysis of Microsoft’s privacy program and shared our position...
  • 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: 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...