New resources from Microsoft to support customer privacy and cloud compliance

In his keynote this week at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, called privacy one of the defining issues of our time and a cause worth embracing. Microsoft sees privacy as a fundamental human right and, when it comes to our products, we are committed to providing our customers with the information and controls they need to make Read more »

Our legal brief in support of Apple

Today, Microsoft joined with a number of other leading technology companies to file a legal brief in support of Apple, as the company fights an FBI request to unlock an encrypted iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters in the terrible act of terrorism that took place in December in San Bernardino. While the companies that signed this brief are often fierce competitors, our unity with, Box, Cisco, Read more »

‘In the cloud we trust’: Brad Smith on how it’s time to rebuild the world’s faith in the technology that empowers us all

Brad Smith, cloud, information security

“More than ever, the Internet is not some place in distant cyberspace, it is a place that defines what happens in the real world,” writes Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, in an in-depth piece about the changing global landscape of information security. “Our mission as a company is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” he writes. “If we’re going to Read more »

Microsoft and The Seattle Times continue partnership with discussion on relations with China

LiveWire, Brad Smith, China, Seattle Times

Last Thursday, Microsoft hosted the second LiveWire event in partnership with The Seattle Times at its Redmond, Washington campus. Building on the first LiveWire event on early learning programs in Washington state, last week’s discussion was, “A Bridge to China: Exploring the Northwest’s future with the East.” Moderated by The Seattle Times economics columnist, Jon Talton, more than 450 community members came together to hear the panel of speakers including Read more »

New milestone in the conversation about electronic privacy laws


Last December, we joined a number of companies in our industry and urged governments to restore customer confidence in information technology by reforming their electronic privacy laws. While there has been important progress, much remains to be done. Today marks a key milestone, as Senators Hatch, Coons and Heller have introduced important legislation to strengthen the protection of Constitutional due process rights and limit the extraterritorial reach of search warrants. Read more »

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


Editor’s note: This piece originally ran in The Wall Street Journal Opinion section on July 29, 2014. The Wall Street Journal OPINION We’re Fighting the Feds Over Your Email Governments want the right to see email stored anywhere in the world. Microsoft says not so fast. By Brad Smith On Thursday Microsoft will oppose the U.S. government at a hearing in federal court in New York, arguing that it can’t force American Read more »

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


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 »

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


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 »

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


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 »