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…


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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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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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…


New success in protecting customer rights unsealed today

Successful challenge of National Security Letter protects longstanding policy of notifying enterprise customers if a government requests their data Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, a federal court in Seattle unsealed documents related to an FBI National Security Letter that Microsoft successfully challenged in court…


‘Who Has Your Back?’ – Electronic Frontier Foundation gives Microsoft 6/6 Stars on privacy approach to government data access

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Thursday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released its fourth annual report rating technology companies on their efforts to protect customer data from the government. “Who Has Your Back?” reflects the EFF’s thorough review of the practices and policies of each company against specific criteria. This year, Microsoft…


Building trust in personal data ecosystems

Posted by Paul MitchellGeneral Manager, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Editor’s Note: The World Economic Forum released three reports today as part of its Rethinking Personal Data initiative. Microsoft is on the Steering Board of this multi-year effort to explore frameworks for the use of personal data in order to improve transparency, accountability and empowerment for…


EU privacy authorities approve Microsoft cloud contracts

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues In a post Thursday on The Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs Brad Smith announced that the European Union’s data protection authorities have found that Microsoft’s enterprise cloud contracts meet the high standards of EU privacy law. "This…

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