June 28, 2014
Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith: The privacy week that was

In a Saturday blog post, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith offered his perspective on a unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Riley v. California. The court ruled in the case that warrantless searches under an exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement cannot extend to cell phones, and that authorities must secure a warrant from a court to search such a device.

May 15, 2014
Electronic Frontier Foundation gives Microsoft top rating on privacy approach to government access to customer data

Microsoft met every one of six factors that companies were rated against, including the stringency of the legal demands companies require before providing data, their efforts to notify customers about government demands, transparency in reporting the volume and type of demands received and company efforts to fight for customers’ privacy rights in court and in Congress.

March 28, 2014
Microsoft takes additional steps to protect customer privacy

On March 20, news coverage focused on a case in 2012 in which Microsoft investigators accessed the Hotmail content of a user who was trafficking in stolen Microsoft source code. In a blog post Friday, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs Brad Smith outlined an important change to the company’s privacy practices.

January 28, 2014
Marking Data Privacy Day with dialogue and new data

In support of the day’s focus on educating and empowering people, Microsoft’s Brendon Lynch will participate in a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., and will share the results of a new Microsoft commissioned survey that measured online privacy perceptions among technology savvy individuals in the U.S. and four European countries.