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
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