Privacy Guidelines for Developers

TechWeb has a new article by Antone Gonsalves (Microsoft Offers Privacy Guidelines For Developers) that talks about the Privacy Guidelines for Developers document Microsoft created, which is encapsulates the guidance we use internally when developing software.

Microsoft is offering third-party developers privacy guidelines that the company has adopted internally. In offering the nearly 50-page document for download, Microsoft said it was responding to requests from customers, partners, software vendors, educators, advocates and regulators.

From: Microsoft Offers Privacy Guidelines For Developers

The download page says it best - "Over the last several years, Microsoft has established extensive internal guidelines for developers that help them protect customer privacy, give them a view into customer expectations and global privacy laws, and document the hard lessons we’ve learned. These guidelines have been engrained in our development process and are now incorporated into the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). The impact has been felt across Microsoft’s products and services."

Included in this document:

Basic Concepts and Definitions


  • Scenario 1: Transferring PII to and from the Customer’s System
  • Scenario 2: Storing PII on the Customer’s System
  • Scenario 3: Transferring Anonymous Data from the Customer’s System
  • Scenario 4: Installing Software on a Customer’s System
  • Scenario 5: Deploying a Website
  • Scenario 6: Storing and Processing User Data at the Company
  • Scenario 7: Transferring User Data Outside the Company
  • Scenario 8: Interacting with Children
  • Scenario 9: Server Deployment


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