Digital common sense: New survey shows Americans want a better privacy balance

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft A new poll we’re releasing today shows it’s not just the Supreme Court that wants the right balance between public safety and the privacy concerns of technology users. The American public wants this as well. Since the Supreme Court’s decision in…

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Remembering the Third of July

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Amid the current public debates about government surveillance, this is a good day to step back and remember the Third of July. Of course, the first question you might ask is, what happened on the Third of July? Many Americans will…


Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts

Posted by Matt ThomlinsonVice President, Trustworthy Computing Security, Microsoft In December, we announced our commitment to further increase the security of our customers’ data. We also announced our plans to reinforce legal protections for our customers’ data, and continue to increase transparency in how we engage with governments around the world. We are making positive…


The privacy week that was

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Over time, privacy protection has advanced in key moments. These have involved judges and advocates who appreciated new technologies and found ways to ensure privacy prevailed in a changing world. This week’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in the case…

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Singapore leads the way on TV white spaces regulation

Posted by Jessica TanManaging Director, Microsoft Singapore On Monday, Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) announced a regulatory framework for unlicensed access to unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands, known as TV white spaces (TVWS). Radio spectrum is, more than ever, being identified by policy makers as a key asset in developing the…

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White House highlights value of partnership in cybersecurity regulation

Editor’s Note: The following post is from J. Paul Nicholas, Senior Director, Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy at Microsoft and Cristin Goodwin, Senior Attorney, Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft. The 2013 Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (EO) set forth the U.S. Government’s two-phase approach to strengthening critical infrastructure cybersecurity. In the first phase, the…

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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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Microsoft to introduce features to protect Windows Phone users

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Over recent months, Microsoft has been working with others in the wireless industry to develop voluntary principles for implementing more robust theft-deterrent technologies in smartphones. As a result of this work, Microsoft signed on to CTIA’s Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment in April, and today we are…

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Making the Microsoft Services Agreement even easier for people to understand

Posted by Ryan GavinGeneral Manager of Search, Cloud and Content, Microsoft As I’ve written about in the past, one of the things we are very focused on at Microsoft is making sure people have a great experience across all of our apps and services. Whether it’s providing one easy place to store all of your favorite…

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Unfinished business on government surveillance reform

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft In the year since news reports surfaced about U.S. government surveillance practices, a lot has changed. And there even have been some initial positive reforms. We all want to live in a safe and secure world and governments – including the…