Human Rights

We’re using technology to promote respect for human rights globally.


Microsoft recognizes that as a leading technology provider with global operations, our business can help to promote – or be used to impede – human rights. We accept the important responsibility we have to respect human rights and we aim to bring the power of technology to bear to promote respect for human rights throughout the world.

Our approach to human rights is aligned with the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and is articulated in the Microsoft Global Human Rights Statement, a broad framework and common set of principles that apply to our business practices. (You can also download a Spanish language version and a Simplified Chinese language version.) In addition to looking at the impact of our own business practices, Microsoft is working to advance human rights by working with a broad range of stakeholders, including efforts to aid the global fight against human trafficking.

To help advance the thinking and discussion in the area of ICT and human rights responsibilities and commitment, we established a Technology and Human Rights Center.

Privacy & Safety

Trustworthy Computing is Microsoft’s companywide approach to create and deliver secure, private, and reliable computing experiences for everyone.

As one example of how we work to promote online privacy and safety, Microsoft offered the first major internet browser to help consumers be in control of potential online tracking as they move around the Web with the development of the "Tracking Protection" feature in Internet Explorer 9.

Even as more people and businesses rely on computing every day, the threats that can undermine trust in computing are increasingly sophisticated and malicious. We continually evolve our approach to meet this challenge and remain an industry leader in privacy, safety, and security. We believe fundamentally that sensitive data and personal information must be protected, that software businesses adhere to business practices that promote trust, and that the technology industry renews its focus on solid engineering and best practices to ensure the delivered product or service is more reliable and secure.

With more and more personal information being stored and transferred online, the stakes for privacy and data security keep getting higher.

As a core corporate value, we are committed to continually improving in four key areas: Security, Privacy, Reliability, and Business Practices.

Consistent with the Microsoft Global Human Rights Statement and as a founding member of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), Microsoft commits to the GNI Principles on freedom of expression and privacy. To meet our commitments, we have adopted internal policies and procedures that apply across all Microsoft's online and communication services to protect our users’ freedom of expression and privacy rights. We work collaboratively with human rights advocates and industry peers in GNI to address challenges to online freedom of expression and privacy.