Privacy and a New Era of Personal Computing: A View from Brussels

Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft writes on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog:  I spent last week in Brussels with privacy regulators and practitioners from around the world, many of whom were there for the IAPP European Data Protection Congress. It’s an important time for privacy globally, and I want to share a few…


Working Toward a Privacy Framework for the “Big Data” Era

Peter Cullen, Chief Privacy Strategist, Microsoft, writes on the Trustworthy Computing Blog: Over the past several months, we’ve been convening discussions with some of the world’s foremost privacy thinkers, including representatives of regulatory bodies, government policymakers, academia, NGOs and industry to explore alternate models for privacy in a modern information economy. At meetings in Washington,…


To Track or Not to Track? Not Just a Question, a Choice for Consumers and Industry

Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft writes on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog:  Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft As part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen privacy for consumers, Microsoft recently announced that the next version of Internet Explorer (IE 10) will include the Do-Not-Track (DNT) feature turned “on” by default. There…


Building Global Trust Online Volume 2: Policymaker Guide to Privacy, Safety, and Security

Today, I’m happy to announce we are releasing Building Global Trust Online Volume 2: Policymaker Guide to Privacy, Safety, and Security at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C. Complimentary copies are available for conference attendees at the Microsoft booth, and a digital version is available online.  The guide…


Microsoft Privacy Profile: Robert Gratchner,

Here’s the first in a series of profiles of privacy managers at Microsoft.  Robert Gratchner is director of privacy and online safety supporting the advertising business group at Microsoft.  Click here to read the entire profile in a 2 page pdf:    


Microsoft Files Comments with FTC & Commerce Department on Data Privacy

Posted by Mike Hintze Associate General Counsel, Legal & Corporate Affairs, on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog: Today, we submitted comments on the Federal Trade Commission’s preliminary staff report on consumer privacy, “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers.” These comments to the FTC follow…


New Backgrounder: Privacy by Design at Microsoft

We just added written a new two-page backgrounder document for our Trustworthy Computing Policymakers site on Privacy by Design.  “Privacy by Design” has become a popular term in the privacy community, but it means different things to different people. At Microsoft, Privacy by Design describes not only how we build products but also how we…


Privacy Legislation a Hot Topic at State of the Net

This year’s State of the Net Conference in Washington, D.C. on January 17th featured a number of lively sessions I attended that addressed issues of online privacy.   The day began with a keynote by Cameron Kerry, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce.  Kerry discussed a number of technology policy issues, including the recent announcement…


Podcast: Integrating Privacy Practices into the Software Development Life Cycle

This week Kim Howell, Director of Privacy Governance in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group, and Ralph Hood Lead Program Manager for the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) in Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group. Participated in a podcast on “Integrating Privacy Practices into the Software Development Life Cycle,” with the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT):     Integrating…