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Microsoft to end investments in facial recognition firms after AnyVision controversy

Microsoft says it will no longer invest in third-party facial recognition companies following a controversy around its funding of Israeli startup AnyVision, which critics and human rights activists say powered a surveillance program in the West Bank following an NBC News report about the company’s relationship with the Israeli government.

Microsoft now says an independent investigation led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder and his team at international law firm Covington & Burling found that “AnyVision’s technology has not previously and does not currently power a mass surveillance program in the West Bank that has been alleged in media reports.” Had it done so, Microsoft says it would have constituted a breach of the finance portfolio’s pledge on ethical facial recognition use. Regardless, Microsoft says it is divesting from AnyVision and will no longer make minority investments in any facial recognition firms.

Source: Microsoft to end investments in facial recognition firms after AnyVision controversy – The Verge

IBM and Microsoft support the Vatican’s guidelines for ethical AI

IBM and Microsoft have signed the Vatican’s “Rome Call for AI Ethics,” a pledge to develop artificial intelligence in a way that protects all people and the planet.

Microsoft President Brad Smith and John Kelly, IBM’s executive vice-president, are among the first global tech leaders to sign the document.
The pledge calls for AI that safeguards the rights of all humans, especially the underprivileged, and for new regulations in areas like facial recognition.

Source: IBM and Microsoft support the Vatican’s guidelines for ethical AI | Engadget

Microsoft launches open-source privacy mapping tool

Microsoft has launched a new open-source tool mapping ISO’s global privacy standard, ISO/IEC 27701, to nine different privacy laws from around the world.

The “Data Protection/Privacy Mapping Project,” as it is named, maps ISO/IEC 27701 to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the California Consumer Privacy Act, Brazil’s General Data Protection Law, Australia’s Privacy Act, Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act, Hong Kong’s Personal Data Ordinance, South Korean’s Personal info Protection Act, and Turkey’s Data Protection Law.

Source: Microsoft launches open-source privacy mapping tool

Microsoft CEO at Davos: Data privacy must be thought of as a human right

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Thursday that data privacy at an individual level needs to be thought of as a human right, and pointed to the European Union’s GDPR regulation as a model for the rest of the world.

Data privacy has to be protected and companies need to be “transparent” about it, he said, speaking during an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Full article: Microsoft CEO at Davos: Data privacy must be thought of as a human right

NSA alerted Microsoft to major Windows 10 security flaw

The National Security Agency recently alerted Microsoft to a major flaw in its Windows operating system that could let hackers pose as legitimate software companies.

Microsoft issued a software update on Tuesday to fix the vulnerability, as part of its normal schedule for releasing software patches.

Source: NSA alerted Microsoft to major Windows 10 security flaw – CNN

Twitter and Microsoft show data privacy is moving from sticking point to selling point

A couple of tech heavyweights are making data privacy part of their branding, hoping to stay ahead of regulations.

Twitter thinks a strong position on data privacy could be advantageous. Distrust of social media platforms has never been so widespread, and in the current environment, it’s not crazy to decide that winning on trust can make a real long-term difference to user numbers and bottom line. Microsoft is another heavyweight positioning itself to benefit from a commitment to user data privacy.

Full article: Twitter and Microsoft show data privacy is moving from sticking point to selling point | VentureBeat

Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe

Microsoft said it was updating the privacy provisions of its commercial cloud contracts after European regulators found its deals with European Union institutions failed to protect data in line with EU law.

The EDPS, the EU’s data watchdog, opened an investigation in April to assess whether Microsoft’s contracts with the European Commission and other EU institutions met data protection rules. It raised concerns about compliance in October.

Source: Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe – Reuters

EU institution staff ‘unaware’ of Microsoft data misuse

Members of staff working across the EU institutions are “not aware” of the extent to which the US tech firm Microsoft collects and stores their data as part of the use of their products and services, the EU’s data protection watchdog has told.

The issue centres around the concern that the contractual terms under agreements for the provision of Microsoft products and services to the EU institutions could be in breach of EU data protection law.

Source: EU institution staff ‘unaware’ of Microsoft data misuse, EU data chief says – EURACTIV.com

EU contracts with Microsoft raising ‘serious’ data concerns

Europe’s chief data protection watchdog has raised concerns over contractual arrangements between Microsoft and the European Union institutions which are making use of its software products and services.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) opened an enquiry into the contractual arrangements between EU institutions and the tech giant this April, following changes to rules governing EU outsourcing.

Though the investigation is still ongoing, preliminary results reveal serious concerns over the compliance of the relevant contractual terms with data protection rules and the role of Microsoft as a processor for EU institutions using its products and services.

Source: EU contracts with Microsoft raising ‘serious’ data concerns, says watchdog | TechCrunch

Study reveals cyber exposure through Microsoft products

Vulnerability assessment specialists, Intruder, today announced its research team has discovered that organisations including almost 40% of the FTSE 100, are affected by little-known user enumeration flaws in a range of popular Microsoft products.

The research uncovered that over 13,000 Skype for Business servers on the internet are vulnerable, potentially exposing an organisation’s internal Windows network to Denial of Service (DOS) and credential guessing attacks.

Source: #privacy: Study reveals UK cyber exposure through Microsoft products

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