Meet Microsoft’s inaugural Council for Digital Good

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In April, we announced the selection of our first Council for Digital Good – a group of 15 teens from across the country that we will work with to advance digital civility and safer online interactions. Now that we’ve officially kicked off council activities, we want to introduce this impressive and dynamic group! The council is made up of nine young women and six young men from 12 states, ranging Read more »

Modern digital data laws that balance law enforcement needs with privacy can create a model for the world

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A consensus is emerging among technology companies, civil society, judges, law enforcement officials and other stakeholders on the need to modernize our country’s antiquated digital data laws. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) – enacted nearly 31 years ago – was written at a time when American industry’s technology, customer base and infrastructure were largely domestic. Congress never contemplated the need to establish rules for law enforcement to access data Read more »

Today’s Supreme Court decision on Microsoft v. Baker

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today in Microsoft v. Baker finding in favor of Microsoft. This case involved a procedural issue relevant to class actions, but we think it has important ramifications about judicial balance. We want to take a moment to explain why we thought it was important to bring this case to the court. The issue in this case was whether plaintiffs and defendants should be Read more »

Sharing new customer resources for EU’s General Data Protection Regulation

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Microsoft on ‘Trust, Privacy and the GDPR’ – webinar replay available now Meeting the requirements of the European Union’s landmark General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by May 25, 2018 is a pressing topic for many organizations worldwide. In our effort to provide customers with helpful GDPR compliance resources, we hosted a GDPR webinar with a panel of thought leaders earlier this week titled, “Microsoft on Trust, Privacy and the GDPR.” Read more »

How the Microsoft Cloud can accelerate your GDPR compliance for the EU

The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect a year from tomorrow. While some companies have already started working toward GDPR compliance, Gartner believes that less than 50 percent of all organizations will fully comply with the GDPR when it goes into effect on May 25, 2018, writes Julia White, Microsoft corporate vice president of Azure, Hybrid Cloud, Enterprise Security and Management. “We know that the cloud Read more »

Empowering a more accessible and inclusive world

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With the right tools, there are no limits to what people can achieve, including people with disabilities. So today has special meaning: It’s the sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day focused on raising awareness of digital accessibility to build a more accessible and inclusive world, and a great day to reflect on the journey both past, present and future. As many of you know, our mission at Microsoft is to empower Read more »

The fight against tech support scams

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Throughout this month, I will join AARP, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and BECU at a series of “Unmasking the Imposters“ events to help educate Washington consumers about how to spot and avoid tech support scams. Senior citizens are not the only ones who are being targeted by these fraudsters. If you haven’t experienced a tech support scam yet, chances are you know someone Read more »

Why Microsoft is adopting the new international anti-bribery standard

A few weeks ago, we announced here, and in Ethisphere Magazine, that Microsoft would be the first U.S. company (and first multi-national company) to seek to certify our anti-corruption compliance program to the new international anti-bribery standard, ISO 37001. This means that an independent and accredited third party will perform a rigorous analysis of our program and ensure that it satisfies the very specific requirements of the new standard. I Read more »

Securing digital transformation through IoT cybersecurity policy

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Around the world, organizations and individuals are experiencing a fundamental shift in their relationship with technology. This transformation, often called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, has been characterized as a fusion of the physical, digital and biological worlds, with far-reaching implications for economies and industries, and even humankind. These changes create new opportunities and challenges for policymakers as traditional governance frameworks and models will have to be reconsidered for a different Read more »

The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack

Early Friday morning the world experienced the year’s latest cyberattack. Starting first in the United Kingdom and Spain, the malicious “WannaCrypt” software quickly spread globally, blocking customers from their data unless they paid a ransom using Bitcoin. The WannaCrypt exploits used in the attack were drawn from the exploits stolen from the National Security Agency, or NSA, in the United States. That theft was publicly reported earlier this year. A Read more »

Microsoft appoints globally respected regulator to privacy leadership role

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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. “Cloud computing, big data and Read more »