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Microsoft working to support decentralised identity

Microsoft is among the big tech players aiming to help enable personalisation of products and services without putting privacy at risk.

Microsoft believes there are three important steps that will help to rebalance the equation, said Chik – first, enable individuals to bring their own identity; second, accept independently verified information from individuals; and third, recognise individuals as data controllers.

Source: Microsoft working to support decentralised identity

EU to check for GDPR violations in Microsoft’s contracts with EU institutions

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), the European Union’s data protection watchdog, has started an investigation into Microsoft’s contracts with EU institutions.

The investigation will focus on the contracts EU institutions have signed with Microsoft and if clauses in these contracts comply with the EU’s new data protection regulation -also known as the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR).

Source: EU to check for GDPR violations in Microsoft’s contracts with EU institutions | ZDNet

WTF is differential privacy?

Differential privacy allows companies to share aggregate data about user habits while protecting individual privacy.

It’s a process used to aggregate data that was pioneered by Microsoft and is now used by Apple, Google and other big tech companies. In a nutshell, a differential privacy algorithm injects random data into a data set to protect individual privacy.

Full article: WTF is differential privacy? – Digiday

Microsoft calls for AI facial-recognition laws

Microsoft wants new laws to put some constraints on the use and development of facial recognition.

Tech companies are faced with a “commercial race to the bottom”, which should have a “floor of responsibility” that allows competition but outlaws the use of facial recognition in ways that harm democratic freedom or enable discrimination.

The call to action comes as China increasingly adopts facial recognition to monitor public spaces. Analysts estimate China’s 200 million surveillance cameras will grow to 300 million in the next two years as tech companies beef up surveillance offerings.

Full article: Microsoft: Here’s why we need AI facial-recognition laws right now | ZDNet

Dutch government report says Microsoft telemetry breaks GDPR

The telemetry data collection mechanism used by Microsoft Office breaks the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Dutch authorities said in a report. Investigators said they’ve identified the “large scale and covert collection of personal data” through Office’s built-in telemetry collection capabilities, which is done without properly informing users.

Full article: Dutch government report says Microsoft Office telemetry collection breaks GDPR | ZDNet

Macron and tech giants launch Paris call to fix web woes

Microsoft was among the US tech giants joining with France to call for more nations and corporates to adhere to new internet regulations and do more in the global fight against cyber crime, online censorship and hateful dialogue online.

At an international convening on cyber security principles in Paris, Emmanuel Macron launched a document called “Paris call for trust and security in cyber-space”. The French President hopes the initiative will reenergise momentum for much-needed internet regulation after negotiations broke down last year.

Full article: Macron and tech giants launch Paris call to fix web woes

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gets Reputation Hit After Data Blunders

Facebook is the least trustworthy of all major tech companies when it comes to safeguarding user data, according to a new national poll conducted for Fortune, highlighting the major challenges the company faces following a series of recent privacy blunders.

Only 22% of Americans said that they trust Facebook with their personal information, far less than Amazon (49%), Google (41%), Microsoft (40%), and Apple (39%).

Full article: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gets Reputation Hit After Data Blunders | Fortune

Microsoft to comply with the data localisation requests from all countries

Microsoft is committed to complying with the law of the land when it comes to data privacy and will honour data localisation requests from all countries, including India.

“We will have to comply with data laws of various countries. That is mandatory for us. We are already fully compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and will do the same with other countries’ data protection laws,” Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Solutions Group at Microsoft, told IANS.

As the tech companies demand data to flow freely, Johnson said in order to improve current security and intelligent systems against cybercriminals who are well funded, certain sets of data have to move freely among the countries.

Source: Microsoft to comply with the data localisation requests from all countries- Technology News, Firstpost

Microsoft chief urges industry to focus on ethics and privacy

In his opening keynote at the second day of the Future Decoded conference in London, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called on the industry to make privacy a core value.

“Privacy is a human right,” he said. “All of us will have to treat privacy as a human right. GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation] is a great start, it sets the standard for how people need to see privacy globally.”

Full article: Microsoft chief urges industry to focus on ethics and privacy

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