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…


The Data Dilemma

Posted by David TennenhouseCorporate Vice President, Technology Policy The world is awash in data—on one estimate, almost three zettabytes (three billion terabytes) of information had been created by 2012, a digital deluge that is growing at around 50% a year. A unique combination of technological innovation, social media, ubiquitous connectivity and digital globalization, among other…


Security Starts with the Right Information, at the Right Time

Posted by Mark WhittingtonGeneral Manager, Worldwide Public Safety & National Security, Microsoft Effective information delivery for both proactive and reactive response is one of the most frequent challenges I encounter across our industry. Sharing critical, real-time situational awareness is crucial for government agencies, and in particular public safety and law enforcement agencies around the world…

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Wanted: Technology Breakthroughs to Fight Child Sex Trafficking

Posted by Samantha DoerrPublic Affairs Manager, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit There are few online crimes more heartbreaking than technology-facilitated crimes against children, which is why Microsoft is working with experts to advance innovation to combat them, including a research effort on child sex trafficking being introduced today by danah boyd and Rane Johnson of Microsoft…

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Closing the Justice Gap in America Through Pro Bono Legal Counsel

Posted by Brad SmithExecutive Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Editor’s Note: On Oct. 13th, Brad Smith was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” – a weekly White House initiative to highlight Americans making an impact in their communities. Last week, “Champions of Change”  featured lawyers dedicated to closing the justice…

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Microsoft’s New Patent Agreement with Compal: A New Milestone for Our Android Licensing Program

Posted by Brad Smith and Horacio GutierrezExecutive Vice President and General Counsel & Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Today, Microsoft announced its tenth license agreement providing coverage under our patent portfolio for Android mobile phones and tablets. Today’s agreement is with Compal, one of the world’s largest Original Design Manufacturers, or ODMs….


Microsoft Whitepaper: Policymakers Play Key Role in Cloud Safety

Posted by Julie Inman-GrantDirector, Privacy and Internet Safety Outreach, Trustworthy Computing The explosive growth of cloud computing services and Internet-connected mobile devices is creating exciting opportunities for users to connect, share common interests and access information. However, as the sheer number of individuals interacting and accessing content via the cloud increases, the odds of exposure…

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Safer Internet Day: It’s More than a Game, it’s Your Life

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing Communications – Privacy & Online Safety  Today is international Safer Internet Day (SID), an annual event dedicated to promoting responsible use of the Internet and mobile technology, particularly among children and youth. Organized each year by Brussels-based Insafe and co-founded by the European Union, February 8, 2011, marks the…

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Anti-Piracy Enforcement and NGOs

Posted by Brad SmithSenior Vice President and Microsoft General Counsel (Cross-posted from the Official Microsoft Blog) A story in yesterday’s New York Times reports on anti-piracy enforcement actions in Russia that have been used for more nefarious purposes than protecting intellectual property rights.  As General Counsel for Microsoft, it was not the type of story…

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Restoring Balance to American Surveillance Laws

Posted by Mike Hintze Associate General Counsel Many members of the tech community believe that American surveillance laws need to be modernized for the digital age.  Today, that effort takes an important step forward as a broad coalition of advocacy groups, technology companies and academics announces a new initiative, Digital Due Process, dedicated to updating these important rules. …