Brief: Microsoft Offers Privacy Guidelines For Developers - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Brief: Microsoft Offers Privacy Guidelines For Developers

The company said it would like to see the industry build a common set of privacy best practices to increase customer trust.

Microsoft is offering third-party developers privacy guidelines that the company has adopted internally.

In offering the nearly 50-page document for download, Microsoft said it was responding to requests from customers, partners, software vendors, educators, advocates and regulators.

"By documenting our principles, we hope to help anyone building products and services to meet customer expectations and deliver a more trustworthy experience," the company said.

Microsoft said customers' trust is waning with the Internet and e-commerce because they are feeling less able to control access to their personal information. The company would like to see the industry build a common set of privacy best practices to increase customer trust.

The Microsoft document offers guidelines for nine scenarios that include the handling of information that can identify a person, installing software on a customer's computer, deploying a Web site, storing and processing user data, deploying a server, and interacting with children.

Microsoft has been criticized in the past for practices that advocates said violated customers' privacy. In June, the company modified its anti-piracy tool called Windows Genuine Advantage, after the software came under fire for sending information back to Microsoft each time a PC connected to the Internet. Critics said the software maker failed to clearly explain the tool's functions.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll