As technology continues to connect us in seemingly infinite ways, people are increasingly discussing appropriate levels of trade-offs that come with modern day conveniences. In line with the company’s role over the past decades, Microsoft continues to be a key participant and driver of these conversations.
Earlier this week, my colleague Brad Smith, Microsoft executive vice president & general counsel, took part in one such discussion hosted by the University of Washington (UW) School of Law titled “Protecting Privacy & National Security in the Digital Age.” Brad was joined by U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, Gabe Rottman, national office legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, and moderator William Covington, a UW law professor.
A common theme emerged around the need to evolve regulations and existing models to help protect the privacy of individuals by ensuring that companies and governments adhere to their privacy commitments. Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Corporate Vice President Scott Charney focused his attention on this topic in a recent Huffington Post blog.
I encourage you to take a look at the recent news coverage of the UW discussion from the Seattle Times, Geekwire and TechFlash. Also be sure to read Scott’s recent post for more on how Microsoft is thinking about the path forward. You can also click through to recent whitepapers on the topic, “Data Protection Principles for the 21st Century” and “Data Use and Global Impact.”