DOJ Patent Policy Means FTC Should Think Again about Google Patent Order

Posted by Dave HeinerVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Patent and Trademark Office issued an important policy statement on standard essential patents. We welcome the statement as a significant step forward in ensuring the sound operation of the international standards system. Open standards can thrive…

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The Week in Tech Policy – Aug. 6th Edition

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues This edition of The Week in Tech Policy has stories on higher education, online privacy guidelines for children, wireless spectrum and more. Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s assess higher education’s financial health. Two major credit agencies have reached the conclusion that the high education industry’s financial risks have…

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Charting a Course for Privacy Innovations

Posted by Mike HintzeChief Privacy Counsel, Microsoft For any technology company, continuous innovation is essential to stay relevant. But new features and functionality are not enough. Increasingly, consumers want innovations that help them keep their personal information secure and private. And policymakers and regulators are looking to industry to take the lead on creating new…


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…


White House Announcement Sets Course for Privacy

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Consumer trust is vital to the growth of a vibrant Internet, and respect for privacy – putting people first – is essential to earning and maintaining that trust. Today’s release by the White House of their framework signifies an important milestone in the evolution of privacy…

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How Can Policymakers Promote Innovation and Strengthen Privacy?

  Posted by Peter Cullen Chief Privacy Strategist On January 28th, in conjunction withData Privacy Day, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened its second “Exploring Privacy” Roundtable in Berkeley, California. The roundtable brought together some of the preeminent privacy thinkers from academia, industry, civil society and government to discuss complex and nuanced issues around technology policy, mobile…


Microsoft and the FTC: A Continued Focus on Privacy (Update)

UPDATE: December 7, 2009 – 7:30 a.m. Pacific Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues The Federal Trade Commission’s roundtable series on “Exploring Privacy” begins today in Washington, D.C.   Microsoft Associate General Counsel Mike Hintze is participating in the first panel of the day, entitled “Benefits and Risks of Collecting, Retaining and Using Consumer Data.” …


FTC Finds Video Game Industry Helps Families Make Smart Choices about Game Content

Posted by Steve Crown Deputy General Counsel The Federal Trade Commission has just released its biennial report to Congress on “Marketing of Violent Entertainment to Children” by the motion picture, music recording and video game industries. Microsoft and other members of the video game industry take seriously the issue of gaming safety, so we are pleased that the FTC…


Microsoft and the FTC: A Continued Focus on Privacy

Posted by Frank Torres Director, Consumer Affairs On December 7, the Federal Trade Commission will host the first in a series of day-long roundtable discussions “to explore the privacy challenges posed by the vast array of 21st century technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data.” The goal of the sessions, according to the Commission, “is to…