Lots of information regarding NSA and its PRISM project got leaked last year raising voices from MNCs and general public. US government remained largely silent with concerned agencies making their statements. Last week, President Obama spoke about the role of the National Security Agency and announced some important changes to the surveillance practices of the U.S. government. Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft yesterday blogged that Microsoft is not fully satisfied with the reforms Mr. President announced last week. Even though Microsoft agrees that those changes will makeU.S. citizens, Microsoft believes that there is more work to do to define some of the details and additional steps that are needed.
Microsoft will continue to work with both the administration and Congress to advocate for reforms consistent with the principles technology industry outlined in December.
This week, the World Economic Forum holds its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland where these same issues of data privacy and reform of government surveillance will be on the agenda. We hope that these discussions will spur a focus on the international steps that governments can take together. While there is no substitute for American leadership and action on these issues, the time has come for a broader international discussion. We need an international legal framework – an international convention – to create surveillance and data-access rules across borders.
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