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Homeland Security warns of a ‘critical’ security flaw in Windows servers

US Homeland Security has issued an emergency alert for a Windows security flaw, Zerologon, that allows attackers to compromise entire networks.

The flaw in the Netlogon Remote Protocol lets attackers with network access “completely compromise” Active Directory services on a network without using a sign-in —a hacker could run amok if they get through.

Source: Homeland Security warns of a ‘critical’ security flaw in Windows servers | Engadget

Microsoft launches a deepfake detector tool

Microsoft has added to the slowly growing pile of technologies aimed at spotting synthetic media (aka deepfakes) with the launch of a tool for analyzing videos and still photos to generate a manipulation score.

The tool, called Video Authenticator, provides what Microsoft calls “a percentage chance, or confidence score” that the media has been artificially manipulated.

Source: Microsoft launches a deepfake detector tool ahead of US election | TechCrunch

Microsoft develops new differential privacy platform

Microsoft recently launched differential privacy platform, which injects a small amount of statistical “noise” to large data sets to protect individual privacy without materially impacting the accuracy of the data.

The differential privacy platform and its algorithms are now available on GitHub for developers, researchers, academics and companies worldwide to use for testing, building and support. We welcome and look forward to the feedback in response to this historic project.

Source: New differential privacy platform co-developed with Harvard’s OpenDP unlocks data while safeguarding privacy – Microsoft on the Issues

Microsoft’s Free Rein Over EU Staff Data Sparks Privacy Warning

Microsoft Corp.’s licensing agreements with European Union authorities gave the U.S. tech giant free rein to oversee data processing activities for more than 45,000 EU officials, the institution’s own privacy watchdog warned.

The EU’s in-house data protection regulator said in its findings of a probe that institutions’ lack of control “over which sub-processors Microsoft used and lack of meaningful audit rights also presented significant issues.”

Source: Microsoft’s Free Rein Over EU Staff Data Sparks Privacy Warning – Bloomberg

EDPS Investigation into EU institutions’ use of Microsoft products and services

EDPS issued a Public Paper detailing its findings and recommendations on the use of Microsoft products and services by EU institutions.

These findings may help any public administrations when contracting ICT services, because of the similarities between the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 which applies to the EU institutions.

Source: The Hague Forum: Reinforcing cooperation for fair IT contracts in Europe | European Data Protection Supervisor

A Microsoft Employee Literally Wrote Washington’s Facial Recognition Law

Washington state signed SB 6280 into law, making it the first state in the country to pass a facial recognition bill, which outlines how the government can and cannot use the technology.

But a closer look reveals the bill’s flaws. The law does little to curtail government use of facial recognition, instead setting up basic transparency and accountability mechanisms for when the state does decide to deploy dystopian real-time surveillance.

It’s no surprise then that the bill was championed by Microsoft in public and behind closed doors. In fact, the bill was literally sponsored by State Senator Joe Nguyen, who is currently employed as a program manager by Microsoft.

Source: A Microsoft Employee Literally Wrote Washington’s Facial Recognition Law

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

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