These days we store more and more information not on our computers but on the Internet, or in the cloud. Cloud computing can be used in all kinds of ways, such as for Web-based e-mail or large, corporate content management systems. Recently, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith travelled to Washington D.C. to urge Congress to enact legislation that would protect information that’s stored in the cloud. In his blog on the Huffington Post Web site, Smith says, “We need a safe and open cloud—a cloud that is protected from the efforts of thieves and hackers while also serving as an open source of information to all people around the world.”

Microsoft’s proposed legislation calls for:

Reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Modernizing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Helping consumers and businesses manage how their information is collected and shared.

Addressing data access issues globally.

To read a transcript or to watch a video clip of Smith’s speech, see Building Confidence in Cloud Computing.

For more information about Microsoft’s approach, see Privacy in the Cloud.