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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Joins European Commission’s CEO Coalition on Child Online Safety

    Peter Cullen, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft writes on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog : Today, European Union Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced the formation of the ‘CEO Coalition on Child Online Safety.’ Microsoft is pleased to be a founding member of this coalition...
  • Blog Post: Bing Smart Motion Preview and SafeSearch

    The Bing team address concerns about the Bing SafeSearch settings on their blog: One important conversation going on right now is about unwanted adult video content within this feature. To start with, by default in Bing (and in Live Search before it), we do not return explicit adult content in...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, May 14, 2012

    The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, May 14, 2012 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence General Online Privacy News (E.U.) - Europe's more stringent view of online privacy , San Francisco Chronicle , May 5, 2012 News (E.U.) - International DPA...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, December 9, 2012

    The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, December 9, 2012 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence General Online Privacy News (U.S.) - You’d Need 76 Work Days to Read All Your Privacy Policies Each Year , Time , Dec. 4, 2012 General Online...
  • Blog Post: Saying No to “Spim”

    Tim Cranton, Associate General Counsel, Internet Safety Enforcement for Microsoft blogs on the Microsoft on the Issues blog : Have you ever received an instant message that prompts you to click on a mysterious link? Or been asked to share your IM account information, only to have it used to spam all...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SIR 11 Finds Social Engineering is Leading Cause of Malware

    This week Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing released the 11th edition of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 11 (SIRv11) . Among the most interesting findings is that social-engineering techniques cause nearly half (45 percent) of all malware propagation in the first half of 2011...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, February 11, 2013

    The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, February 11, 2013 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence General Online Privacy News (U.S.) – EU Adopts CyberSecurity Strategy and Proposes Network Security Directive , InsidePrivacy , Feb. 7, 2013 NGOs...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft vs. Malvertising: tackling the threat of malicious online advertising

    From the Microsoft Security Tips & Talk Blog : Malvertising might sound like a fancy kind of dry cleaning, but it’s really fake online advertising designed to trick you into downloading malicious software onto your computer. The most common kind of fake ad is for security software that you...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Online Safety, April 9, 2012

    The Week in Online Safety, April 9, 2012 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence News U.K. - Teachers warn of online threats from pupils , BBC News , Apr. 6, 2012 U.S. - Backpage: Is it possible to rid the online classified site of child trafficking...
  • Blog Post: Phishing scheme affecting some Hotmail customers

    The Windows Live Team Blog writes : Over the weekend Microsoft learned that several thousand Windows Live Hotmail customers’ credentials were exposed on a third-party site due to a likely phishing scheme. Upon learning of the issue, we immediately requested that the credentials be removed and launched...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Online Safety, March 12, 2012

    The Week in Online Safety, March 12, 2012 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence News U.K. - The hurt caused by private lives being made public , The Guardian , Mar. 10, 2012 U.S. - Are Social Networks Sexualizing Young Girls?, Shine , Mar. 9...
  • Blog Post: Safer Social Networking Policymaker Backgrounder

    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...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, May 7, 2012

    The Week in Privacy & Online Safety, May 7, 2012 A weekly global roundup of news, policy developments, research, and influence General Online Privacy News (U.S.) - How to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet , The New York Times , May 2, 2012 Advocates (U.S.) - Are pseudonyms “anonymous”...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Online Safety, August 22, 2011

    The Week in Online Safety, August 22, 2011 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence News U.S. - Netflix Launches 'Just For Kids Section' , AP , Aug. 16, 2011 U.S. - New FBI iPhone App Could Help Keep Kids Safe , ABC News , Aug. 16, 2011 Australia...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Online Safety, April 2, 2012

    The Week in Online Safety, April 2, 2012 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence News U.S. - How child predators cover their tracks online , CSO , Mar. 21, 2012 U.S. - Research on teens and Internet pornography is mixed , McClatchy/Tribune , Mar...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Online Safety, February 6, 2012

    The Week in Online Safety, February 6, 2012 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence News U.S. - Teens migrating to Twitter — sometimes for privacy , Associated Press , Jan. 30, 2012 U.S. - The pre-teen Facebook dilemma , Pittsburgh Tribune...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Online Safety, October 24, 2011

    The Week in Online Safety, October 24, 2011 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence News U.S. - Vulnerable teens still at risk in cyberspace , Buffalo News , Oct. 23, 2011 U.S. - Cyberbullying: The Power and Peril of Anonymity , Education Week...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft research shows parents and educators concerned about cyberbullying, but still not a top priority for schools

    We’ve just released some new research conducted for Microsoft by Cross-Tab Marketing Services & Telecommunications Research Group. The survey of 505 parents of 5-18 year-olds, and 495 educators from middle, junior and high schools in the U.S. was conducted online between September 21st and...
  • Blog Post: Xbox LIVE Enforcement “Unicorn Ninja” Keeps Service Safe and Fun for Everyone

    From the Microsoft News Center Blog : in an otherwise typical Microsoft hallway, a black curtain stretches across the doorway to a large room. The whiteboard next to it offers this ambiguous, if not curiosity-inducing, explanation: “Please do not disturb. Sensitive material behind curtain.”...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Online Safety, February 27, 2012

    The Week in Online Safety, February 27, 2012 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence U.S.- How Facebook Outsources Its Nudity Patrol , Forbes , February 22, 2012 U.S. - Teens Post 'Am I Pretty or Ugly?' Videos on YouTube , ABC News , Feb. 23,...
  • Blog Post: Building Global Trust Online Volume 2: Policymaker Guide to Privacy, Safety, and Security

    Today, I’m happy to announce we are releasing Building Global Trust Online Volume 2: Policymaker Guide to Privacy, Safety, and Security at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C. Complimentary copies are available for conference attendees...
  • Blog Post: Get Connected with Family & Friends on Safer Internet Day

    Jacqueline Beauchere, Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications, writes on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog : Each February, the world recognizes Safer Internet Day (SID), an event dedicated to promoting responsible use of the Internet and mobile technology, particularly among youth. Organized...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, November 5, 2012

    The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, November 5, 2012 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence General Online Privacy News (U.S.) - Apple leads legal battle over e-commerce vs. privacy rights in CA Sup. Court , San Jose Mercury , Nov. 5, 2012 ...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Online Safety, July 11, 2011

    The Week in Online Safety, July 11, 2011 A weekly global view of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence Violent Video Games The ramifications of the last month’s Supreme Court ruling striking down a California law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors...
  • Blog Post: Attending the Family Online Safety Institute Conference

    Last week I attend the 2011 Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The theme of the fifth annual conference was “Evaluate. Innovate. Collaborate. Strategies for Safe and Healthy Online Use. ” The FOSI event brings together over 400 people from the U.S...