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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

India wants localization of cloud storage data in possible blow to big tech firms

A panel working on the Indian government’s cloud computing policy wants data generated in India to be stored within the country, according to its draft report seen by Reuters, a proposal that could deal a blow to global technology giants such as Amazon and Microsoft who offer such services.

Source: Exclusive: India panel wants localization of cloud storage data in possible blow to big tech firms | Reuters

Cloud data privacy for businesses unclear after Supreme Court drops Microsoft case

The case led to the CLOUD Act, which requires tech companies comply with court orders for data stored in the US and overseas.

After the passage of the CLOUD Act, the federal government attained a new warrant, which replaced the original warrant served on Microsoft in 2013. The court concluded Tuesday that there is no longer a “live dispute” between the US and Microsoft based on the legal changes, and directed the district court to dismiss the case.

Source: Cloud data privacy for businesses unclear after Supreme Court drops Microsoft case – TechRepublic

A blueprint to help business compliance leaders realize digital transformation

Digital transformation is more than a buzzword. It is the launchpad for companies across the economy transforming their business models to capitalize on the new opportunities being unleashed by innovations rapidly transforming our world.

However, digital transformation requires more than flipping a switch as companies find themselves navigating a new world of legal risk and compliance in their journey.

Today we are pleased to share the release of a new Microsoft book, “Digital Transformation in the Cloud: What enterprise leaders and their legal and compliance advisors need to know” to act as a guide, with Microsoft’s full perspective on the challenges and concerns businesses face when embracing digital transformation.

Source: A blueprint to help business compliance leaders realize digital transformation – Microsoft on the Issues

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