Clarity Comes to Cloud Privacy

In exactly a month’s time, Australia’s privacy regulatory regime will change. New amendments to the Privacy Act come into force on 12 March 2014. Microsoft Australia welcomes the incoming Privacy Act amendments. Contrary to some reports, the new amendments to the Privacy Act are not bad for cloud services. The new amendments just help to…


The Promise of Differential Privacy

At Microsoft, we have some of the world’s top privacy researchers working on a wide variety of interesting challenges.  We strive to translate this research into new privacy-enhancing technologies. We recently released a new whitepaper on Microsoft’s research in Differential Privacy written by Javier Salido on my team. To help set the stage, I’d like to provide…


Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Unveiled in the US

At the recent Cloud Summit in Canberra the issue of consumer data privacy and empowerment, data transfers and the flow of information across borders were hot topics. Ultimately without consumer trust in the operation of cloud based services and the Internet overall, and the operation of a global service delivery system the opportunities promised by…


The USA Patriot Act: Myth v. Reality

(Cross posted from OpenForum.com.au) Today, computer users – ranging from individual consumers, to small and medium-sized businesses, to the largest enterprises – are excited about the opportunities presented by cloud computing.  And for good reason.  Innovations in cloud technologies represent a seismic shift in the IT industry and are poised to transform our relationship with…


Privacy then and now

Guest blog post David Taylor, Director Privacy Awareness, Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner (Photo: Data trails in the cloud) The 1st September 2011 will mark the tenth anniversary of the commencement of the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000 (‘IPA’). The law requires Victorian Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries, the State public sector, Victoria Police and…


Data breaches and how they should be managed

In recent times there have been some high profiles cases involving data breaches which have included telecommunication, technology, and other organisations. One of the companies involved was found to have breached the Privacy Act. So no wonder many are again revisiting a recommendation from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) that mandatory data breach laws…


Tackling cybercrime

Recently Stuart Strathdee, chief security advisor, Microsoft Australia, discussed the latest security report, Security Intelligence Report version 9 (SIRv9) in an interview with Sky Business News. The Security Intelligence Report is a comprehensive evaluation of the evolving threat landscape and trends. The information can help you make sound risk-management decisions and identify potential adjustments to…


Sky Business News interview

This week, Sky Business News interviewed Jeff Bullwinkel, General Counsel for Microsoft Australia. The interview focused on how managing data presents a raft of legal and policy changes for business and government and how international legislation comes into play when data is stored overseas. Sky Business News Cloud Computing from Sassoon G on Vimeo.