One step on the path to challenging search warrant jurisdiction

Posted by David HowardCorporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft The U.S. government doesn’t have the power to search a home in another country, nor should it have the power to search the content of email stored overseas. To protect this principle, we filed a formal legal challenge months ago to a U.S. search…


Microsoft applauds US NTIA’s transition of key Internet domain name functions

Posted by David TennenhouseCorporate Vice President, Microsoft Technology Policy The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s recent announcement of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community is a significant and welcome development.  Unlike the other major international communications networks (e.g., the telephone system and postal…

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Microsoft releases 2013 Law Enforcement Requests Report

Posted by John FrankDeputy 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 and how Microsoft responded to those requests. This is our third…

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The key to a secure cyberspace: Speed and resilience

Posted by Mark WilliamsChief Security Officer, Microsoft Federal Organizations of all types today face a daily and growing assault from nation states, lone actors and organized crime. The effects of a cyber-attack can be as far-reaching, troublesome and significant as physical attacks, and can make or break organizations that are not sufficiently prepared. The question…

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Microsoft and Politico present Fourth Annual State Solutions Conference in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Feb. 21, four governors and approximately 150 policy thought-leaders joined us at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center for the fourth annual State Solutions Conference with Politico, previewing the National Governors Association’s annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C. The two-part event featured one-on-one conversations with governors…

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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. At Microsoft, we believe further reform is essential for our customers, our company…

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Providing additional transparency on US government requests for customer data

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral 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 filed lawsuits against the U.S. government arguing that we have a legal and constitutional right…


Hiring America’s Heroes: Microsoft testifies on helping veterans transition to civilian careers

Posted by Bill KamelaPolicy Counsel, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft On Tuesday, Microsoft will present testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives committee highlighting best practices in hiring and retaining veterans in private sector jobs. Sean Kelley, senior staffing director, Cloud and Enterprise Group & Military Recruiting at Microsoft, will join representatives from Walmart, JP Morgan…

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Time for an international convention on government access to data

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral 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 steps the President announced, which represent positive progress on key issues including…

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Microsoft amends petition to US Foreign Intelligence Service Court

Posted by John FrankVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft On Monday, we amended our petition to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). This is an amendment to the motion we filed on June 19. Since then, working with others in the industry, we’ve been pursuing a variety of options to provide additional…

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