New Backgrounder: Cyberbullying: Microsoft’s Approach and Policy Considerations

We just added written a new two-page backgrounder document for our Trustworthy Computing Policymakers site on cyberbullying.  The backgrounder describes the problem of cyberbullying, then outlines Microsoft’s efforts to combat cyberbullying, including our policies of abuse of our online properties and the online safety tools we provide, such as Windows Live Family Safety.  The backgrounder…


New Backgrounder: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report and Privacy

I’ve written a new backgrounder document for our Twc Policymakers site on the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report and Privacy.  The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is issued twice a year, and documents evolving threats and security trends.  A number of the trends we measure have an impact on privacy, including Data Breaches; Phishing Sites; Password…


Microsoft Announces New “Tracking Protection” Feature for Internet Explorer Nine

A major announcement today from the IE blog: Today, consumers have very little awareness or control over who can track their online activity. Much has been written about this topic. With the release candidate: 1.      IE9 will offer consumers a new opt-in mechanism (“Tracking Protection”) to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking. 2.     …


Microsoft Responds to FTC Online Privacy Report

Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer at Microsoft responds to the release of today’s privacy report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog: The Federal Trade Commission today released a major report on consumer privacy online.  You can read the report here.   Microsoft has long recognized the critical importance…


Privacy by Design at Microsoft

Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer at Microsoft writes on the Microsoft On the Issues Blog: New technology, powerful handheld computing devices, and inexpensive data storage have enabled a wide array of online services that help people connect, collaborate and get things done.  Today, more than two billion people use the Internet. That’s a staggering number,…


New Reference Paper on Exposure of Sensitive Information from the Microsoft SDL Team

The Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) team has released a new Quick Security Reference white paper addressing “Exposure of Sensitive Information.”  The Exposure of Sensitive Information paper is intended to help information professionals gain a more thorough understanding of how to identify and address exposure of sensitive information vulnerabilities in software.


Microsoft Issues “Cyber Monday” Security Shopping Tips for Consumers

Monday, November 29 will be this year’s Cyber Monday,  the Monday following the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, and the second busiest online shopping day of the year in the United States.  Cyber Monday is also one of the busiest online shopping days in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.      For the millions of…


New Microsoft research shows parents and educators concerned about cyberbullying, but still not a top priority for schools

We’ve just released some new research conducted for Microsoft by Cross-Tab Marketing Services & Telecommunications Research Group.  The survey of 505 parents of 5-18 year-olds, and 495 educators from middle, junior and high schools in the U.S. was conducted online between September 21st and October 4th, 2010. The survey found that while most are concerned…


Peter Cullen keynote address at today’s FOSI Conference

This morning at the Family Online Safety Institute Conference in Washington, D.C., Peter Cullen, GM Trustworthy Computing Group and Chief Privacy Strategist for Microsoft delivered the following keynote address:   Good morning.  Thank you for having me.  It is a privilege to be among such an impressive collection of worldwide experts in cutting-edge fields.  …


Organizational Accountability is Key to Protecting Users’ Privacy

Posted by Peter Cullen, Chief Privacy Strategist on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog: This week, more than 400 policymakers, privacy advocates and industry representatives will be converging in Israel for the 32nd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. The conference has commenced this morning in Jerusalem, a city of both ancient traditions…