Your email belongs to you, not us

Microsoft is committed to delivering meaningful privacy protections that build trust with our customers, and we know how much you value the contents of your email.  We believe your email belongs to you, not us, and that it should receive the same privacy protection as paper letters sent by mail–no matter where it is stored.  Read more >>

Protecting customer email from government eyes

At Microsoft, we know that customer trust is essential to our business. People will use technology only if they can trust it, and our commitment to protecting customer data is an important element in building and maintaining that trust. The issue of who owns email is at the center of an important hearing in U.S. federal court in New York this week.  See more>>

Protecting Data and Privacy in the Cloud: Part 3

In my last blog post, I made the point that consumers and organizations choose a cloud service based on their ability to trust that the cloud service provider will protect their privacy. At Microsoft we work to earn that trust with specific data protection measures in place and with a promise to use data in a manner consistent with customer expectations. Our enterprise customers can rest assured that the data … Read more »

Protecting Data and Privacy in the Cloud: Part 2

Microsoft understands that a customer’s willingness to use a particular cloud computing service depends on their ability to trust that the privacy of their information will be protected, and that their data will only be used in a manner consistent with customer expectations. But even the best designed and implemented services can only protect customer data if they are deployed in a secured environment.  See more >>

Protecting Data and Privacy in the Cloud: Part 1

For organizations looking to reap the benefits of cloud computing, it is important to know how a service provider is using customer data stored in the cloud and to trust that the service provider will only use their data in a way that is consistent with customer expectations.  Read more >>

Panel: “Protecting Privacy & National Security in the Digital Age”

As technology continues to connect us in seemingly infinite ways, people are increasingly discussing appropriate levels of trade-offs that come with modern day conveniences. In line with the company’s role over the past decades, Microsoft continues to be a key participant and driver of these conversations.  Read more >>

The Evolving Pursuit of Privacy

In my role, I have the opportunity to discuss privacy with a wide variety of people – Microsoft’s customers and partners, policymakers, advocates and industry colleagues. In recent weeks, I participated in many such conversations at the RSA Conference and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit.  See more>>

Microsoft’s cloud contracts approved by European privacy authorities

A big milestone was achieved this week.  The Article 29 Working Party, a collection of 28 European Union data protection authorities, announced that Microsoft’s contractual approach to enterprise cloud services is in line with EU data protection law.   See more >>

Reflecting on Updated Privacy Practices

For more than a decade, Microsoft has invested in a comprehensive privacy program that sets the foundation for our efforts to responsibly manage our customers’ data. An important part of our privacy commitment is that we evolve our policies and practices to address the changes in technology and customer expectations. Earlier today, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith announced a change to Microsoft’s privacy practices to further enhance our privacy commitments.  … Read more »