Enhancing learning while protecting safety and privacy

Posted by Brendon LynchChief 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 response to them, demonstrating that there is still a basic expectation among Americans of…

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Marking Data Privacy Day with dialogue and new data

Posted by Brendon LynchChief 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 Day in Europe where it began…

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Microsoft supports continuing work toward a Do Not Track standard

Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Our customers expect strong privacy protections to be built into Microsoft technologies, so we make privacy a priority. Our inclusion of Do Not Track (DNT) in Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 is an example of how we strive to meet these expectations. We believe DNT holds…

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Continuing our commitment to privacy and consumer choice with Do Not Track

Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft As part of our ongoing commitment to privacy, Microsoft has included improvements to our support of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Do Not Track (DNT) effort in the Windows 8.1 Preview released at Microsoft’s Build conference last week.  Specifically, the new version of Internet Explorer (included with…


Toward building consumer trust and a Do Not Track solution

Posted by Brendon LynchChief 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 to our customers. One of the tangible outcomes of more than a decade of…


Privacy and a New Era of Personal Computing: A View from Brussels

Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft I spent last week in Brussels with privacy regulators and practitioners from around the world, many of whom were there for the IAPP European Data Protection Congress. It’s an important time for privacy globally, and I want to share a few of my insights from the week (including…


Do Not Track in the Windows 8 Setup Experience

Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft With Windows 8’s recent release to manufacturing, we know many people are interested in how customers will discover Do Not Track (DNT) in Internet Explorer 10. DNT will be enabled in the “Express Settings” portion of the Windows 8 set-up experience.  There, customers will also be given a…


To Track or Not to Track? Not Just a Question, a Choice for Consumers and Industry

Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft As part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen privacy for consumers, Microsoft recently announced that the next version of Internet Explorer (IE 10) will include the Do-Not-Track (DNT) feature turned “on” by default. There has been a lot of public debate about tracking users’ activities on the Internet,…


Advancing Consumer Trust and Privacy: Internet Explorer in Windows 8

Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Today, Microsoft announced Windows 8 has reached Release Preview and Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 will have “Do Not Track” (DNT) on by default. This post includes additional thoughts about this important milestone in our effort to advance trust and consumer privacy online. Internet Explorer 10 on…


Accountability in Action: Microsoft’s Privacy Program

Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Accountability has been a globally recognized principle of privacy and data protection for more than three decades. But in the past few years, an important effort has been under way to clearly delineate what accountability—and the related concept of responsibility—means for organizations that collect, store and process information….

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