Europol takes down servers used by cybercriminals to steal financial data

European law enforcement agencies yesterday seized computer servers used by cybercriminals to infect hundreds of thousands of computers around the world with malware designed to steal personal and financial information, as well as money, from unsuspecting consumers. The multinational effort, which was led by Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3), included the participation of agencies from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as technical assistance from Microsoft, Read more »

Meeting the Open Data mandate

Citizens’ demand for access to public information continues to grow. Particularly around Open Data Day, Feb. 21, there will be a lot of attention focused on how this burgeoning global Open Data movement is forever changing the way government agencies share information and citizens shape the policy decisions that impact their daily lives. When you think about it, Open Data is really an extension of the information revolution unfolding in Read more »

Microsoft adopts first international cloud privacy standard

Today marks a major milestone, as Microsoft is the first major cloud provider to adopt the world’s first international standard for cloud privacy. It’s another reason customers can move with confidence to the Microsoft Cloud. The standard in question may seem technical, but it has important practical benefits for enterprise customers around the world. It’s known as ISO/IEC 27018, and it was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Read more »

Testimony to Congress details importance of student privacy, necessity of federal reform

education, privacy

Today I had the privilege of testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education during a hearing, “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy.” This hearing was both timely and significant. As technology plays an increasing role in education, parents and students are thinking about the data collected by schools and the extent to which it is being gathered and protected. My testimony detailed the commitment Read more »

The LEADS Act: A common sense reform of our outdated privacy laws

Today’s bipartisan introduction of the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act of 2015 is an important step to reform our outdated privacy laws. We commend the sponsors – Senators Hatch, Coons and Heller – for introducing this critical legislation in the United States Senate. Microsoft supports the LEADS Act for its common sense reforms. The LEADS Act is a real solution to a real problem. For the Read more »

Safer Internet Day 2015: This year, ‘Do 1 (More) Thing’ to stay safer online

privacy, online safety

One year ago today, Microsoft asked people across the globe to #Do1Thing to stay safer and more secure online by taking what may have been a first step toward safeguarding their digital lifestyles. Today, on Safer Internet Day 2015, we want everyone to add to last year’s pledges and #Do1MoreThing to become cyber savvy. In addition, we’re launching new interactive resources for young people on the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub to Read more »

An update on the Samsung-Microsoft contract dispute

“Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute in U.S. court as well as the ICC arbitration. Terms of the agreement are confidential.” – Samsung’s Jaewan Chi, Executive Vice President and Global Legal Affairs & Compliance Team and Microsoft’s David Howard, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.

The business case for marriage equality

Last month’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland included many important topics. One topic discussed more broadly this year was the issue of diversity and inclusion, including the business case for stronger steps to promote LGBT equality. This issue is increasingly front and center around the world as the result of important initiatives such as the United Nations’ Free and Equal Campaign. It was good to Read more »

The Innovation Act: An important step forward

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and a bipartisan group of cosponsors introduced H.R. 9, the “Innovation Act of 2015.” This action marks an important first step toward enactment of a patent litigation reform measure aimed at curbing patent litigation abuses.  Microsoft is pleased to support the Innovation Act, as we did in the previous Congress; we will continue to work with Chairman Goodlatte and leaders in both the House Read more »

Microsoft brings leaders together to discuss the value of investing in early learning

Leading research shows early childhood is a pivotal time for learning. Deliberate and early exposure to the arts may lead to higher achievement in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.  That was the takeaway from a conversation last week at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. “Preparing the Next Generation for 21st Century Jobs: Investing in STEM Through Early Learning and the Arts” convened national Read more »