Microsoft responds to ruling in warrant case

Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith provided the following response to a federal court ruling in New York on Thursday in the company’s ongoing case challenging a U.S. government warrant for customer data stored in Dublin, Ireland: “The only issue that was certain this morning was that the District Court’s decision would not represent the final step in this process. We will appeal promptly and continue to advocate Read more »

WSJ opinion by Brad Smith: We’re fighting the feds over your email

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On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published a column by Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith explaining why Microsoft is opposing the U.S. government’s demand for a customer’s email stored in Dublin, Ireland. As Smith writes, “This dispute should be important to you if you use email, because it could well turn on who owns your email—you or the company that stores it in the cloud.” To Read more »

Senate proposes strong privacy, civil liberties protections in USA Freedom Act

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On Tuesday, Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith released a statement praising the Senate’s efforts to enact stronger privacy and civil liberties protections in government surveillance reform legislation: I would like to thank Senators Leahy, Lee, Heller and Franken for their efforts to bring meaningful reform to government surveillance. By establishing a panel of advocates to argue before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and requiring it to Read more »

Microsoft expands tech training program for active duty service members

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Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Sarmiento-Louttit’s United States Marine Corps missions have taken her all over the world: from Okinawa, Japan, to the Red Sea to off the coast of Africa, where she was part of a crew involved in a high-profile operation: rescuing Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. But her latest mission brought her back to base to participate in a rigorous 16-week program learning software development at Read more »

Brad Smith in WSJ interview: why we oppose government demands for personal data

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In a video interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Dennis Berman, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith spoke about why consumer data needs to be protected from government surveillance. “We feel that one of our business necessities is to ensure that the sense of customer trust is protected,” Smith, who is also Microsoft’s executive vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs, told the Wall Street Journal. “So it has put us Read more »

#MSFTCOSO POV: From classroom to computer, students must be at the center of their learning environment

The digital world offers students an abundance of resources and unlimited learning potential. Our largely one-size-fits-all approach to education and technology in the U.S., however, doesn’t seem to be working for today’s digital youth. Moreover, resources are not applied equitably across schools and classrooms. To help address these challenges, The Aspen Institute established a Task Force on Learning and the Internet, to understand the ways in which young people learn Read more »

Digital common sense: New survey shows Americans want a better privacy balance

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A new poll we’re releasing today shows it’s not just the Supreme Court that wants the right balance between public safety and the privacy concerns of technology users. The American public wants this as well. Since the Supreme Court’s decision in the Riley case last month, I’ve been blogging about the historic importance of its unanimous view that police need a warrant to search someone’s cell phone. The decision shifted the Read more »

Remembering the Third of July

Amid the current public debates about government surveillance, this is a good day to step back and remember the Third of July. Of course, the first question you might ask is, what happened on the Third of July? Many Americans will recall, of course, that it was in Philadelphia at Independence Hall on July 2, 1776, that the colonies voted for their independence. And then it was two days later Read more »

Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts

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In December, we announced our commitment to further increase the security of our customers’ data. We also announced our plans to reinforce legal protections for our customers’ data, and continue to increase transparency in how we engage with governments around the world. We are making positive progress on all of these fronts. We are in the midst of a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen encryption across our networks and services. Read more »

The privacy week that was

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Over time, privacy protection has advanced in key moments. These have involved judges and advocates who appreciated new technologies and found ways to ensure privacy prevailed in a changing world. This week’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in the case of Riley v. California ranks with other key historical moments. More than in any other recent decision, the Supreme Court this week advanced privacy in a digital era characterized Read more »

Microsoft CTO for US Education Cameron Evans: A call for better tech integration in classrooms

Posted byJeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. Education, has an opinion piece posted oneSchool News. In the piece, he questions the impact technology has had in education, and provides ideas for how teachers can incorporate technology into their curriculum in unique ways that meet academic requirements and provide students with learning experiences and the creative freedom to express what they have mastered Read more »