Privacy and data security

We recognize privacy as a fundamental human right. We work to preserve our customers’ ability to control their data and make informed choices to protect their privacy.

Our commitment and approach

Microsoft product development and privacy practices focus on six key privacy principles.

User control

We put users in control of their privacy with easy-to-use tools and clear choices.

Legal protections

We respect local privacy laws and fight for the protection of users’ privacy as a fundamental human right.


We’re transparent about data collection and use so users can make informed decisions.

No content-based targeting

We don’t use email, chat, files, or other personal content to target ads.


We protect the data that users entrust to us through strong security and encryption.

User benefits

When we do collect data, we use it to benefit you and your experiences.

FY18 highlights

We’re driving compliance across our cloud, helping users view and control their activity, and engaging with stakeholders on the future or artificial intelligence.

  • Learn about our approach
  • Learn more about the council
  • Learn more in the blog
  • Visit the privacy dashboard
  • Learn more about the book

FY18 reporting resources

Law Enforcement Requests Report

This semi-annual report provides information about the legal demands for customer data we receive from law enforcement agencies around the world, as well as our responses to them. 

US National Security Orders Report

This semi-annual report provides the data we’re legally allowed to share about demands for customer data we receive from the US government pursuant to national security laws, as well as our responses to them.

Reports hub

Microsoft provides disclosures to help stakeholders evaluate how we’re meeting our commitments. We collect and share these reports in one place for easy reference and download.

2018 Global Index Reporting Initiative Index 

The 2018 report content throughout this site contains disclosures from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards.

Get the bigger picture

Explore key resources to learn more about our work in privacy and data security.