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  • Blog Post: Clarity Comes to Cloud Privacy

    In exactly a month’s time, Australia’s privacy regulatory regime will change. New amendments to the Privacy Act come into force on 12 March 2014. Microsoft Australia welcomes the incoming Privacy Act amendments. Contrary to some reports, the new amendments to the Privacy Act are not...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft welcomes Data Breach Notification Legislation

    Microsoft Australia welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will introduce the Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill into Parliament in coming days. “Microsoft supports the introduction of this legislation and calls on the Parliament to pass it in the final sitting weeks,”...
  • Blog Post: The Promise of Differential Privacy

    At Microsoft, we have some of the world’s top privacy researchers working on a wide variety of interesting challenges. We strive to translate this research into new privacy-enhancing technologies. We recently released a new whitepaper on Microsoft’s research in Differential Privacy written...
  • Blog Post: Your Privacy Rights - Are you Rich, Famous or in the Public Eye?

    Recently, on the 25 th of April to be precise, Keith Rupert Murdoch appeared before the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. During the evidence he gave Mr Murdoch reflected briefly upon the ‘right’ to privacy of persons in public positions. The transcript...
  • Blog Post: Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Unveiled in the US

    At the recent Cloud Summit in Canberra the issue of consumer data privacy and empowerment, data transfers and the flow of information across borders were hot topics. Ultimately without consumer trust in the operation of cloud based services and the Internet overall, and the operation of a global service...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report

    The Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report shares some of the important work we’re doing in our communities, and our efforts to manage a responsible business. It explains our Citizenship actions in fiscal year 2011 and together with our annual financial report gives a complete picture of our work and...
  • Blog Post: The USA Patriot Act: Myth v. Reality

    (Cross posted from OpenForum.com.au ) Today, computer users – ranging from individual consumers, to small and medium-sized businesses, to the largest enterprises – are excited about the opportunities presented by cloud computing. And for good reason. Innovations in cloud technologies represent...
  • Blog Post: Privacy then and now

    Guest blog post David Taylor, Director Privacy Awareness, Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner (Photo: Data trails in the cloud) The 1st September 2011 will mark the tenth anniversary of the commencement of the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000 (‘IPA’). The law requires...
  • Blog Post: Data breaches and how they should be managed

    In recent times there have been some high profiles cases involving data breaches which have included telecommunication, technology, and other organisations. One of the companies involved was found to have breached the Privacy Act . So no wonder many are again revisiting a recommendation from the Australian...
  • Blog Post: Privacy: It’s all about you

    Microsoft Australia is proud to support Privacy Awareness week which takes place from 1-7 May 2011. We recognise that privacy is a critical element of a secure computing experience. We understand that technology users have high expectations about how we collect, use, and store their personal information...
  • Blog Post: Taking off in the cloud

    Cloud computing and privacy was the focus of ADMA ’s Cloud Computing Forum which took place earlier this month. The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information addressed the breakfast briefing. Minister O'Connor noted that the launch of the Australian Best Practice...
  • Blog Post: Online Privacy & Balance – Our Perspective

    (Cross posted from Microsoft on the Issues blog dated 7 December 2010) Any discussion of online privacy today can quickly become polarized and shed more heat than light. It is clear that privacy remains a key topic and also clear the discussion centers on finding the right balance of investments by...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing Report Sees Opportunities with Federal Government Action

    A report released by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) last week (October 14) identified valuable opportunities for Australian governments, business and researchers in “cloud” computing – a business estimated to be worth $US20 billion world-wide...
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