We live in an environment where the amount of data being generated is increasing at a staggering pace. With this increase, we see a corresponding growth in the potential for important benefits—both to us as individuals and to us as a society—based on using this information. However, in this data-rich world, it is becoming clear that today’s privacy frameworks cannot adequately protect consumer privacy; it has become critical that we evolve our thinking with respect to the ways societies protect the privacy of individuals while providing for responsible, beneficial data use.
Microsoft has a long-standing commitment to privacy. As part of the Trustworthy Computing 10-year milestone, Corporate Vice President Scott Charney suggested in this Trustworthy Computing Next white paper (PDF, 690 KB) that in a world of connected devices, technology-enabled information use, and the emergence of “big data,” it’s time to consider evolving the frameworks that have governed aspects of the protection of personal data.
Identifying frameworks that support the dual goals of privacy and responsible data use is the motivation for Microsoft’s collaboration with privacy stakeholders from around the world—across governments, private enterprise, and civil society. Follow this topic and join the conversation @MSFTPrivacy.