Moving forward on accessibility: Announcing new structure and leads

Brad Smith, Microsoft on the Issues,  Thursday, January 21, 2016

As we’ve discussed over the past year, accessibility is core to our mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and we are committed to delivering great technologies that enable people to lead richer lives.

Fighting Crime with the Cloud: Law Enforcement + AWS

Amazon Web Services Press Release,  Thursday, December 24, 2015

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pleased to announce that we recently signed a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Addendum with the California Department of Justice (California DOJ).

EU Officials Reach Agreement on Text of New Privacy Law

Sam Schechner, Wall Street Journal,  Tuesday, December 15, 2015

European Union officials reached agreement Tuesday on a pan-European digital-privacy law, creating a strict new legal framework that will have ripple effects globally on how companies can use individuals’ personal information. After nearly four years of haggling and lobbying, negotiators agreed late Tuesday on a final text of the EU-wide bill, which will replace a patchwork of 28 different sets of national privacy laws...

Commissioner Marianne Thyssen on the European Accessibility Act

European Commission,  Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Press remarks by Employment, Social Affairs and Labour Mobility Commissioner Marianne Thyssen on the European Accessibility Act: "The Directive I propose today will make the lives of citizens with disabilities easier, because it will improve access to those products and services which are key for more participation in society and more autonomy in life."

TASER Wins Major Bid to Outfit 22,000 London Metropolitan Police Officers with Axon Body Cameras

PR Newswire / CNN Money,  Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Led by the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC), the Metropolitan Police completed a 12-month pilot earlier this year using 1,000 of TASER's Axon body-worn cameras. The world's largest trial of body cameras to date was considered a success and a research study conducted by MOPAC and the College of Policing found that introducing the cameras resulted in a 33-percent reduction in complaints against officers.

Microsoft announces unified Trust Center for enterprise cloud services

Kellogg Brengel, WinBeta,  Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As of today Microsoft is consolidating and solidifying the messaging of their enterprise cloud services’ privacy, security, and compliance statements. The new Unified Trust Center for the Microsoft Cloud encompasses the privacy and security policies for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Intune, and Microsoft Office 365. From the new Unified Trust Center, enterprise customers can clearly see in one location how Microsoft protects your organization’s data, Microsoft’s commitment to your privacy, what regulations their cloud services are compliant with, and gain more insight on the company’s approach to transparency.

Microsoft Unveils Operations Center To Fight Cyber Threats

Dan Heilman, Top Tech News,  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nadella said that center will be a state-of-the-art facility that contains a staff of security response experts charged with detecting and responding to cyber threats in real time. It’s all part of what Nadella called Microsoft’s new approach to security: being hyper-vigilant while addressing the cybersecurity problems it and other companies routinely face, including malware, phishing attacks and accidental data Relevant Products/Services loss.

Microsoft’s Azure gets all emotional with machine learning

Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica,  Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The new wave builds on the same approach as these Web-request based RESTful interfaces to add additional voice, text, and image services—including a new set of services that applies artificial intelligence to processing video content. The new interfaces are being introduced today at Microsoft's Future Decoded conference in London as part of a keynote by Chris Bishop, the head of Microsoft Research Cambridge. Ryan Galgon, a senior program manager for Microsoft’s Technology and Research division, gave Ars a preview of those services on Tuesday evening. Details of the new APIs were also published this morning in a blog post.

Microsoft Offers Cloud Services From Data Centers in U.K.

Dina Bass and Kristen Schweizer, Bloomberg Business,  Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Microsoft Corp., which has been battling the U.S. government over the privacy of customer information stored overseas, said it will offer cloud services from data centers based in the U.K. Microsoft will sell Azure computing power and Office 365 Internet-based apps from the U.K. starting in 2016, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said at an event in London Tuesday. He also said the software maker has finished its latest phase of expansion for data centers in Ireland and the Netherlands, which serve as hubs for European customers.

Commission issues guidance on transatlantic data transfers

European Commission,  Friday, November 06, 2015

Commission issues guidance on transatlantic data transfers and urges the swift establishment of a new framework following the ruling in the Schrems case. The European Commission has been working since January 2014 to make data transfers safer for European citizens on the basis of 13 recommendations. Following the Court ruling the Commission has stepped up negotiations with the US on a renewed and safe framework on transfer of personal data. The objective of the Commission is to conclude these discussions within three months.