Why we need new rules to deal with cyber (in)security

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of joining over 500 political leaders, diplomats, academics, civil society representatives and tech industry colleagues, at the 2017 Munich Security Conference (MSC). As was to be expected given the recent installation of a new U.S. administration, the future of the transatlantic relationship dominated conference discussions – but I was surprised at how the topics of cybersecurity, and insecurity, kept coming up over and over … Read more »

Get GDPR compliant with the Microsoft Cloud

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most significant change to European Union (EU) privacy law in two decades. The GDPR requires that organizations respect and protect personal data – no matter where it is sent, processed or stored. Complying with the GDPR will not be easy. To simplify your path to compliance, Microsoft is committing to be GDPR compliant across our cloud services when enforcement begins on … Read more »

The need for a Digital Geneva Convention

This year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco brings the world’s security professionals together to discuss cybersecurity at a critical time.  The past year has witnessed not just the growth of cybercrime, but a proliferation in cyberattacks that is both new and disconcerting.  This has included not only cyber-attacks mounted for financial gain, but new nation-state attacks as well.  As engineers and other employees across the tech sector meet in San … Read more »

Protecting innovation in the cloud

Rapid advancements in cloud computing are creating new capabilities, insights and efficiencies, allowing businesses big and small to transform the way they deliver products and services. As this transformation accelerates, virtually every company in every sector of the economy is becoming in part a digital business. And as a digital business, it must master the new legal challenges that come with participation in the booming digital economy.

Staying civil online

On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2017, Microsoft has published its first Digital Civility Index showing people’s perceptions of online behaviors and interactions in 14 different countries. The results demonstrate an urgent need to reinforce a culture of digital civility and promote effective public policies that protect people online, and we are encouraging people to take Microsoft’s “Digital Civility Challenge”. It’s no coincidence that the same adjective that relates … Read more »

Brad Smith speaks on rules for the digital economy at DLD Munich

“We need a new generation of law; one that will match technology, ensure technology is global, and ensure people’s rights are respected.” This was the rallying cry from Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, speaking at the DLD conference in Munich yesterday. Smith joined David Kirkpatrick, founder, host, and CEO of Techonomy, to discuss the rights and responsibilities of global technology companies in the cloud era, and to … Read more »

A lack of cybernorms threatens Western democracies

Election season has upended cybernorms. It all started before the 2016 U.S. presidential election when U.S. officials alleged that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee and orchestrated cyberattacks to influence the electoral outcome. “The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations,” read a joint statement from the U.S. Department of … Read more »

European Commission clears Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn; deal to close in coming days

The European Commission announced Tuesday in Brussels that it has cleared Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Microsoft has now obtained all the regulatory approvals needed to complete the acquisition, and the deal will close in the coming days. Tuesday’s clearance follows similar reviews and approvals in the United States, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. As part of discussions with the European Commission, Microsoft formalized several commitments regarding its support for third-party … Read more »

Opening new doors with technology for people with disabilities

With 2016’s United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) fresh in our minds, we’re reflecting on how we can build a more inclusive society for the almost 15% of the world’s population living with a disability. At Microsoft, we believe technology should empower people to achieve more. While we’ve got more work to do, we’ve made progress over the last year towards making Microsoft’s products more accessible. You … Read more »

Microsoft’s commitment to moving technology forward without leaving timeless values behind

The prevailing sentiment at the Internet & Social Media Law conference which took place in London this week was the importance of ensuring rules of conduct and laws for new technologies that respect timeless rights and values. There was a lot of discussion about the need to ensure that the kinds of traditional protections that we have all had, not just for years but for centuries, for information that is … Read more »