Protecting student privacy

“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with [his or her] privacy.” – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, 1948 New Zealand’s schools work hard to earn the trust of their communities. As part of the important work they do, schools need to collect and hold a large body of confidential and…

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Microsoft releases NZ privacy guide for Office 365

New Zealand organisations are quickly deploying cloud computing. Low prices and convenience are appealing, but there are also important questions to ask around privacy, security, and data integrity. Waldo Kuipers, Corporate Affairs Manager at Microsoft NZ, says “Organisations know that trust matters. They need to keep business information secure, and do the right thing on…

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Cloud computing standards

With responsible adoption of cloud computing services at front of mind for many organisations and policy makers, it is timely to consider the global context and New Zealand’s work to advance trustworthy computing. This article was originally published by Standards NZ in Touchstone Issue 48 – April 2013 as An update on standards for cloud computing and…

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Ten years of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative

In 2002, Bill Gates wrote an email to all Microsoft employees that made trustworthy computing – including security, privacy and reliability – the top priority for the company. Ten years on, Microsoft continues its dedication to these objectives, which we refer to as the Trustworthy Computing initiative. The objective is to improve our products and…

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The technology behind managing digital identities

This week Microsoft was pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Digital Identity Conference 2012 on Managing Digital Identity in a Networked World, organised by the Victoria University of Wellington. There are many facets to the dialogue on digital identity. It is woven of philosophy, context, technology, security, privacy, and individual rights and freedoms….

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The new and the old of cloud privacy

Yesterday I was honoured to have an opportunity to speak briefly at the Privacy Commissioner’s Privacy Forum,  titled “Think Big?  Privacy in the age of big data”. A question was put to a panel by Vikram Kumar from InternetNZ as follows: “There are many real privacy risks in relation to cloud services. There also many misconceptions….

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Elements of trust for Internet privacy

Most of us disclose a lot of private information on the Internet without really thinking about it. What we search for, the links we click, and our email can be very personal. In an ideal world, we would all read and understand the privacy statement of each company whose services we use. We would check to…

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InternetNZ to host debate on NZ’s Digital Future

On Tuesday, InternetNZ will host a debate about New Zealand’s Digital Future. In parallel, InternetNZ has released a discussion document titled Future: Digital (PDF). Vikram Kumar explains, “Future: Digital is about the need for a shared, common vision for where New Zealand will be in 10 to 20 years time. The economic opportunity is for…

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The Great NZICT Cloud Debate

Last night NZICT Group and EMA hosted a feisty debate about cloud computing. The moot was, “Is the cloud all hot air or the biggest game changer we’ve ever seen?” The speakers were: Andrew Crabb (Head of Business and Government, TelstraClear), Doug Wilson (CIO, Automobile Assocation), Ben Kepes (Business Analyst and Entrepreneur), and Brett Roberts…

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Trustworthy Computing and Cloud Services

Malicious attempts to infiltrate computer infrastructure have become more frequent and more sophisticated. When these attacks succeed, the consequences for the victims can be serious. Confidential information and personal information are at risk. In this environment, we hear that security is often the number one consideration for organisations when considering the future of their technology…

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