Microsoft leads the charge to protect user privacy

Silicon Valley, long an enabler of government digital spying, is changing its tune, and Microsoft is at the forefront

Microsoft leads the charge to protect user privacy
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Guess who's leading the charge to replace the now-defunct Safe Harbor agreement with a new international framework to protect privacy? None other than Microsoft. Sounding more like an activist than the president and chief legal officer of the world's largest software company, Brad Smith this week laid out a sweeping, four-point program in a blog post that explicitly values privacy over business and national security concerns.

"Privacy really is a fundamental human right," he wrote. Most significantly, Smith said that countries on both sides of the Atlantic should agree to only access user data through the company that holds it, instead of gaining access by hacking into corporate networks or other surreptitious means.

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