I just wrote a new 2-page background paper on social networking safety for policymakers.  Our Trustworthy Computing Policymakers web page offers a number of these backgrounders on safety and privacy topics, including Privacy in Online Advertising, Privacy in the Cloud Computing Era, Online Safety Education Model Legislation, Sexual Offender Registries, and more. 

Microsoft has engaged in some very constructive efforts with governments to help make social networks safer.  Our recent collaborative efforts include the Safer Social Networking Principles of the European Union, a set of best practices agreed upon by 18 social networking service companies, including Microsoft, and the European Union.  As well as the Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Safety announced by the United States Attorneys General Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking and MySpace, which resulted in the landmark Internet Safety Technical Task Force report on Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies.

 Download the backgrounder here:

 

-- David Burt, CIPP, CISSP