The Future of Privacy Models and Legislative Frameworks

In our data-rich world, there’s mounting concern that today’s privacy models and legislative frameworks are less effective in terms of protecting people’s privacy than when they were developed. It’s time to evolve our collective thinking about how societies can protect the privacy of individuals while providing for responsible, beneficial data use.

Earlier this month, Trustworthy Computing General Manager Peter Cullen shared his thoughts on this evolution in “Privacy Models: The Next Evolution” via the Microsoft on the Issues blog. He highlighted new thinking presented in two whitepapers as continuation of the global dialogue we started in May 2012:

•    “Data Protection Principles for the 21st Century,” authored by Fred H. Cate, Indiana University; Peter Cullen, Microsoft; and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Oxford University; with a foreword by Scott Charney, Microsoft

•    “Data Use and Global Impact Workshop,” authored by Fred H. Cate, Indiana University and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Oxford University

At last week’s International Association of Privacy Professionals Europe Data Protection Congress, the conversation continued.  Viktor Mayer-Schönberger delivered the conference’s closing keynote where he made a compelling argument for the importance of shifting some privacy burdens away from the individual and focusing more on responsible data use.  You can watch highlights from the keynote below or view the full address.

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Microsoft looks forward to continued collaboration with stakeholders from governments, private enterprise and civil society toward the future of global privacy models and legislative frameworks.  We’ll keep sharing progress over the coming months.

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Brendon Lynch

Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft

Brendon Lynch is the Chief Privacy Officer of Microsoft Corp., where he is responsible for creating and implementing privacy policy across the company, and influencing the creation of privacy and data protection technologies for customers. Brendon also serves on the Read more »