Microsoft appoints globally respected regulator to privacy leadership role

Microsoft announced today that Julie Brill, former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), will join Microsoft to lead privacy, data protection and other regulatory issues as head of its Privacy and Regulatory Affairs Group. Brill will join as corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Privacy and Regulatory Affairs. She will report directly to Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer.

B20: The new global economy runs on free flow of data and trust

The German Federal Government took over the G20 Presidency at the end of last year. The economic dialogue B20 is an integral part of the G20 process, representing the entire business community of all G20 members. Its mission is to support the G20 through concrete policy proposals, consolidated representation of interests and expertise. Within the B20 task forces, joint recommendations for action are developed by representatives from trade associations, industry … 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 »

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 »

Too Important to Fail – Advancing Digital Values

Last week, in partnership with Carnegie Europe and in association with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU, we hosted the “Digital Values: Advancing Technology, Preserving Fundamental Rights” event at our Microsoft Center to discuss policies for the digital age. EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová delivered a keynote speech, as did Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith. In his speech, Brad Smith laid out defining issues … Read more »

Have Yourself a Merry Digital Christmas

Every year, the holiday season is magical. Depending on where you’re from in Europe, you’ll exchange gifts on Christmas Eve or first thing in the morning on Christmas Day. You’ll tuck into cod, carp, goose or turkey, and you might mark the moment with either a cheering glass of Glühwein or a glass of champagne. One thing, however, is consistent across the continent – ‘tis the season for family, friends … Read more »

Europe on a digital transformation journey

Big data, cloud services and the Internet of Things (IoT) are central to the EU’s competitiveness. This is one of the central messages of the Digital Single Market Strategy. Knocking down market barriers that prevent the uptake of IoT is therefore a key goal in order to realize the full potential of the data economy and to fuel a new cycle of technological innovation and stimulate broader economic growth across … Read more »

Building Trust Requires a Dynamic and Diverse Workforce

As we leave behind Girls in ICT day for another year, I reflect on the great opportunity and visibility it gives to the movement of women and girls in the technology sector. However, the day is also a reminder of how much work there is still to do. Microsoft has long been involved in the efforts to increase diversity within our industry and in particular to encourage more women to … 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 »