A post by Brendon Lynch, Microsoft’s chief privacy officer, outlines recommendations from a recently released cross-sector and non-partisan report from The Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet, on which he served.
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.
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.
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.
How do people in different countries view technology topics such as security versus privacy, and what do they think about the impact of the new devices in their lives? Read the blog post from Executive Vice President Mark Penn on a new Microsoft survey of 10,000 Internet users in 10 countries.
A recently published study by the Fordham Center for Law and Information Policy has prompted Margo Day, vice president of U.S. Education for Microsoft, to issue a call to action to school leaders, parent groups, industry groups and policy makers to be better partners with schools. She suggests coming up with solutions on how to be more transparent about student data and agreeing to clear restrictions on the use of student data, including not using such data for advertising, sales or marketing purposes or without parental consent.