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  • Millions use Microsoft’s GDPR privacy tools to control their data — including 2 million Americans

    Since the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, more than 5 million people from 200 countries have used Microsoft’s new privacy tools to manage their data. And on both an absolute and per capita basis, the largest number of people come from the U.S., a country not... The post Millions use Microsoft’s GDPR privacy tools to control their data — including 2 million Americans appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Beyond our four walls: How Microsoft is accelerating sustainability progress

    Our planet is changing — sea levels are rising, weather is becoming more extreme and our natural resources are being depleted faster than the earth’s ecosystems can restore them. These changes pose serious threats to the future of all life on our tiny blue dot, and they challenge us to find new solutions, work together... The post Beyond our four walls: How Microsoft is accelerating sustainability progress appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • A call for principle-based international agreements to govern law enforcement access to data

    Governments around the world have started to modernize the processes by which law enforcement accesses digital evidence across borders. In the United States, passage of the CLOUD Act created the foundation for a new generation of international agreements that allows governments to engage with each other to create lasting rules to protect privacy and facilitate... The post A call for principle-based international agreements to govern law enforcement access to data appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Microsoft study: Teens looking to parents for help with online issues

    Preliminary results of a new Microsoft study show teenagers around the world are increasingly turning to their parents and other trusted adults for help with online problems — an encouraging development as the new school year begins. More than four in 10 teens (42 percent) from 22 countries who encountered online issues said they asked... The post Microsoft study: Teens looking to parents for help with online issues appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Paid parental leave matters

    Building on our 2015 announcement Three years ago, we announced that we would require a wide variety of suppliers that do business with Microsoft in the United States to provide their employees with the important benefit of paid time off. Today we are announcing that over the next year we will take a further step,... The post Paid parental leave matters appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Defending against disinformation in partnership with NewsGuard

    Earlier this week, we launched Microsoft AccountGuard, a new service designed to help political campaigns and other organizations that underpin democratic processes protect themselves from cyberattacks.  Today, we are further broadening the work of our Defending Democracy Program by announcing a new partnership with NewsGuard Technologies, which will empower voters by providing them with high-quality... The post Defending against disinformation in partnership with NewsGuard appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • We are taking new steps against broadening threats to democracy

    It’s clear that democracies around the world are under attack. Foreign entities are launching cyber strikes to disrupt elections and sow discord. Unfortunately, the internet has become an avenue for some governments to steal and leak information, spread disinformation, and probe and potentially attempt to tamper with voting systems. We saw this during the United... The post We are taking new steps against broadening threats to democracy appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Protecting democracy with Microsoft AccountGuard

    Today we announced two developments in our work to protect critical democratic processes from cyberattacks. First, we disclosed that last week we disrupted an attempt by a group commonly associated with the Russian government to spoof internet domains associated with the U.S. Senate and two nonprofit groups engaged in work to protect democratic elections. Second,... The post Protecting democracy with Microsoft AccountGuard appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Reflections on Microsoft’s inaugural Council for Digital Good event in D.C.

    It’s been a month since our inaugural Council for Digital Good met in Washington, D.C., to unveil an open letter to law- and policymakers about improving life online which was a culmination of the teen council’s work over the past 18 months. While I summarized the event and the open letter in a blog post... The post Reflections on Microsoft’s inaugural Council for Digital Good event in D.C. appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Better broadband data can lend a voice to rural Americans

    Imagine how frustrating it is to live in a community that has limited access to the internet – that means limited access to the education, economic and healthcare opportunities that enable individuals and communities to prosper and grow. Complicating the problem further, the data gathered and reported by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the... The post Better broadband data can lend a voice to rural Americans appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]