EU-US Privacy Shield: Progress for privacy rights

Today in a post on the Microsoft EU Policy Blog, Microsoft Vice President for EU Government Affairs John Frank welcomed the new E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield decision, which the European Commission is expected to announce on July 12. Microsoft regards privacy as a fundamental right, and the new Privacy Shield advances this right by setting a new high standard for the protection of Europeans’ personal data. “This is an important achievement Read more »

Keeping secrecy the exception, not the rule: An issue for both consumers and businesses

This morning we filed a new lawsuit in federal court against the United States government to stand up for what we believe are our customers’ constitutional and fundamental rights – rights that help protect privacy and promote free expression. This is not a decision we made lightly, and hence we wanted to share information on this step and why we are taking it. An issue of fundamental rights We believe Read more »

Microsoft supports EU-US Privacy Shield

Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to privacy as a fundamental right reflects our view that our business is ultimately built on trust. The newly established EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, which will govern data transmission between Europe and the United States, will strengthen privacy protections for European Union citizens and set clear rules for thousands of businesses in Europe and the United States that depend on the free flow of information across the Atlantic. Read more »

A message to our customers about EU – US Safe Harbor

We appreciate that some of our customers have questions about the impact of the ruling today by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) about the EU – US Safe Harbor Framework. In particular some customers may ask if this means that they will no longer be able to transfer their customer data from the European Union to the United States. For Microsoft’s enterprise cloud customers, we believe the clear answer Read more »

Defining data privacy in a globally connected world

By 2020, researchers estimate that 20 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, taking advantage of technologies that bring us closer together and big data insights that could change the way we solve societal problems. At the same time, governments, companies and advocates are struggling to understand this new environment and establish the right regulations and laws to protect people’s privacy online. It’s a critical question – how do Read more »

White House proposal elevates privacy, transparency discussion

In an era of more personal computing, the proposed framework for privacy legislation unveiled by the White House today is a welcome development that we hope will kick-start a much-needed conversation about how to protect people’s personal information. Fostering innovation while protecting consumer privacy is at the heart of what we do every day at Microsoft. We understand that people will only use technology they trust. That’s why we work 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 »

Safety, privacy and the Internet paradox: solutions at hand and the need for new trans-Atlantic rules


Today at the Center for European Policy Studies, Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president, legal and corporate affairs, Microsoft, delivered remarks and participated in a panel discussion on the subject of Trust, data and national sovereignty: solutions for a connected world. Other panelists included: Jan Albrecht, Member of the European Parliament Renate Nikolay, Head of Cabinet, Vĕra Jourová’s Cabinet, DG Justice, European Commission Michał Boni, Member of the Read more »

New poll: Growing concern in Ireland over online data privacy

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Today we released a new poll showing that a large majority of Irish people want strong privacy protections for their online data, and they expect the government to stand up for Irish law when other countries disagree. 87 percent agree their personal information in the cloud deserves the same privacy protections as that stored on paper. 89 percent say a foreign government should not be able to demand personal information Read more »

One step on the path to challenging search warrant jurisdiction


The U.S. government doesn’t have the power to search a home in another country, nor should it have the power to search the content of email stored overseas. To protect this principle, we filed a formal legal challenge months ago to a U.S. search warrant seeking customer email content that is located exclusively outside the United States. Today we received an initial decision that maintains the status quo but is Read more »