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U.S. White House Announces Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights; Microsoft Testifies on U.S. Senate Cybersecurity Legislation; RSA Conference Sessions

U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityThe United States, White House announced an important milestone a new “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” as part of the effort to improve consumers’ online privacy of Americans and individuals around the world.

“Since 2006, Microsoft has endorsed the adoption of comprehensive federal privacy legislation to establish a baseline set of privacy and security requirements. We have created privacy tools, like Tracking Protection in Internet Explorer, to help keep personal information private when browsing sites across the Web; Internet Explorer was the first major browser to respond to the Federal Trade Commission’s call for a do-not-track mechanism,” posted Microsoft.

Additionally, Microsoft has been part of the self-regulatory program that is being recognized today by the Administration and the Federal Trade Commission that was developed by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA). In keeping with the DAA goals, and to further advance the privacy interests of consumers, Microsoft will begin work to use the do-not-track browser signal as an additional method for users to opt-out of interest-based advertising under the DAA program.”

Also, Microsoft’s Scott Charney testified at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs last week.

The hearing was about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which is Congress’s first comprehensive legislation aimed at improving cybersecurity across the United States.

Scott’s testimony began with a brief discussion of the transformative effect of the Internet, as well as the challenges facing policymakers. He discussed the three key outcomes that U.S. national policy and legislation should promote to improve resiliency in the near-term, and ensure continued innovation and leadership in the long-term.

“These three outcomes are: (1) flexible and agile risk management, narrowly focused on risks of greatest concern and optimized to adapt to rapidly changing threats; (2) innovative information sharing, targeted to address specific challenges and enable advanced risk management, response and recovery capabilities; and (3) meaningful and attainable international norms for the security of cyberspace,” Microsoft informs.

You can read the full testimony here.

Finally, next week at RSA conference in San Francisco, Microsoft’s Scott Charney, Tim Rains, and Adrienne Hall will attending the event.

RSA is a good opportunity for Trustworthy Computing to listen to customers and learn from other industry experts and share what we have going on. You can find us in the pavilion hall and at a number of sessions sprinkled throughout the event.

Here’s a rundown of these sessions:

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