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Cloud Computing Privacy at Microsoft [Video]

In the latest episode of the Trustworthy Computing Cloud Fundamentals Video Series, Tim Rains, Director, Trustworthy Computing, discuss the importance of privacy in the cloud with Brendon Lynch, Microsoft’s Chief Privacy Officer.

Brendon explains the three tenets of Microsoft’s approach to cloud computing privacy: responsibility, transparency, and choice.

Also, at the RSA conference earlier this month, Tim sat down with Marcia Savage of TechTarget to discuss merging cloud computing security standards efforts, and cloud customers’ need for cloud provider transparency, especially in the area of application security.

He talks about Microsoft’s participation in Cloud Security Alliance projects, including the Cloud Controls Matrix and the Security, Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR) program. The STAR program will allow cloud customers to compare cloud service providers on an apples-to-apples basis, according to Rains.

Watch the interview here.

Update: In part two of this interview, Lynch explains how these three tenets work using Office 365 as an example.

“Cloud customers are looking for cloud providers to provide them with information that clearly defines the ways that the cloud provider manages and uses customer data. In the case of Office 365, Microsoft provides its customers with the Office 365 Trust Center,” said Lynch


“The Trust Center gives cloud customers the information they are looking for, in plain language, on exactly how Microsoft handles and uses data gathered in customers’ interactions with Office 365. The Trust Center details commitments Microsoft makes to Office 365 customers in six key privacy areas: Data Use Limits; Administrative Access; Geographic Boundaries; Third Parties; Security, Audits, and Certifications; and Regulatory Compliance,” Lynch explains.

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