April, 2012

  • NZ GovTech - Microsoft New Zealand Government Affairs Blog

    Elements of trust for Internet privacy

    Most of us disclose a lot of private information on the Internet without really thinking about it. What we search for, the links we click, and our email can be very personal.

    In an ideal world, we would all read and understand the privacy statement of each company whose services we use. We would check to see to what extent they limit themselves to using our information only to serve us, or whether they claim rights to use our information for their own purposes.

    But it's asking a lot of people to read long statements when they're often just wanting to get things done. And it’s not always obvious who is collecting this information about us. Most of us make decisions about who we trust with our personal information at a simpler level.

    How do you decide who to trust?

    I think about four simple things that are likely to influence how a company (or other organisation) will respect my privacy preferences over time. I think about their motivations, leadership, discipline, and track record.

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  • NZ GovTech - Microsoft New Zealand Government Affairs Blog

    Privacy Awareness Week 2012

    It’s Privacy Awareness Week in New Zealand from Sunday 29 April.

    Privacy on the Internet is something that a lot of people are interested in, but there are few simple explanations of the issues.

    In this article I’d like to explain a bit about how your activity on the Internet is tracked, and what you can do about it.

    When you look at a website, it’s quite usual for your web browser to automatically communicate with several other websites at the same time. The site you want to look at might also connect to social networking sites, show advertising from other sites, and use third-party analytics to profile you. Here’s a simplified diagram to show how a tracking and advertising company might build a profile based on your activity tracked across multiple websites.

    Like the example in the diagram, most of this is quite benign. Maybe I want to see the highest bidder’s most relevant camera advertisements. But if you’re like me, you may prefer that it just doesn’t happen.

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  • NZ GovTech - Microsoft New Zealand Government Affairs Blog

    Using the Cloud for Good

    Cloud computing is not just being adopted by the business community in New Zealand but has also made a significant impact in not-for-profit organizations (NFP) across the country. 
     
    Attendees of the Connecting Communities conference in Christchurch on 29 February 2012 learnt of several NFPs who have used the Microsoft cloud as a key enabler of both the vision and transformation of their organizations. The NFP focused conference was hosted by Microsoft New Zealand in association with Social Development Partners, as part of Microsoft New Zealand’s programme of activities supporting NFPs to build their IT capability.

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