Important Privacy Announcement

I  wanted to make you aware of a very important announcement we made earlier today. As you know, Trustworthy Computing is all about Security,  Reliability and Business Practices. Our house has a fourth pillar -  Privacy - which we view as extremely  important, not only in terms of the way we manage our customers’ data, but more broadly in the way we earn and keep our customers’ trust.

You may have heard  about the European Union Article 29 Working Party, which issued a statement in April to search providers concerning   search anonymization policies. A major part of their focus  is the length of time search companies store customer data. The Article 29 Working Party’s view is that this should be no more than six months. 

Earlier today we announced that we support the Article 29 Working Party’s call for a common industry standard for search data anonymization methods and timeframes to help protect users’ privacy. We also said that whilst the timeframe is important, more important still is the adoption of strong data anonymization methods. I am glad we made this commitment and I hope that others will follow our lead and support the standard laid down by the Article 29 Working Party. To truly protect users’ privacy, it is imperative that all search companies adopt the same standard.

If you want to read more, read Peter Cullen’s (our Chief Privacy Strategist) blog post: Microsoft Supports Strong Industry Search Data Anonymization Standards


Comments (4)

  1. Anonymous says:

    It seems that "Quantum" for you is the solution for everything – looking at the comments I get from you in my blog 😉

    Let me be clear: I am talking about Piracy (Copyright Invfringements), not Privacy (Data Protection)


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  3. R.Heinen says:

    Security and Privacy are two seperated, independent ICT Dimensions. Security is defined as the amount of uncertainty about the information content not allowed individuals have regarding secured information. Privacy is defined as the amount of uncertainty not allowed individuals have about regarding the identity of involved persons (the amout of anonymity). A low-cost PC-based system which supports unconditional provable security and optionally privacy can be found on the link when you search for the keyword "quantum".

  4. R.Heinen says:

    Quote: "It seems that "Quantum" for you is the solution for everything – looking at the comments I get from you in my blog ;-)"

    The name Quantum refers only to the true randomness which is necessary to obtain provable security and privacy in sharing of Information. The objective of this research system is to use a provable secure system over a public infrastructure like the internet.
    So the goal of the system is much broader then just "Quantum".

    By the way, also the pseudo random generators of Windows are not as random as they have to be for a provable secure system (have eg a look on ). So these true quantum random generators are necessary components of a provable secure information exchange / sharing system.  

    Quote: "Let me be clear: I am talking about Piracy (Copyright Invfringements), not Privacy (Data Protection)"

    The title of this post is "Important Privacy Announcement". Also it is filed under "Privacy". It looks to me this is "Privacy", not "Piracy".

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