Safer Internet Day 2015: Keep a positive online reputation

Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft, provides handy tips to raise awareness on Safer Internet Day, 10 February 2015 At Microsoft, we encourage individuals of all ages to take charge of their digital reputations by regularly following some important guidance. The start of 2015 seems a fitting time for a refresher. Specifically: •Discover what’s…


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…


Microsoft welcomes Data Breach Notification Legislation

Microsoft Australia welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will introduce the Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill into Parliament in coming days. “Microsoft supports the introduction of this legislation and calls on the Parliament to pass it in the final sitting weeks,” said Pip Marlow, Managing Director. “As consumers, businesses and even governments seek the incredible…


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…


Your Privacy Rights – Are you Rich, Famous or in the Public Eye?

Recently, on the 25th of April to be precise, Keith Rupert Murdoch appeared before the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. During the evidence he gave Mr Murdoch reflected briefly upon the ‘right’ to privacy of persons in public positions. The transcript of the Inquiry reveals, to a limited degree,…


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…


Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report

The Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report shares some of the important work we’re doing in our communities, and our efforts to manage a responsible business. It explains our Citizenship actions in fiscal year 2011 and together with our annual financial report gives a complete picture of our work and highlights our focus for the year ahead. Our…


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…

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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…

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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…

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