Feeds

Microsoft teams with EFF to push Web privacy

Sleep easy - Redmond will look after your personal data...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

An improbable double act - Microsoft and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is to announce tools to promote and protect Web privacy later today. Typically one would expect any privacy tools Microsoft would announce to be geared towards promoting Microsoft platforms, but the support of the EFF suggests that maybe this time Redmond really is intending to put its weight behind an industry-wide effort. The intent is to accelerate the take-up of the platform for privacy preferences, P3P. This will provide a standard mechanism for Web sites to present their privacy policies, showing what information they propose to gather about visitors and what they intend to do with it. This standard format is then readily readable by users' browsers (when the technology is in the browsers, that is), so when you go to a Web site your browser will automatically check out its privacy policies, check them against the ones you've set for yourself, and report back to you accordingly. The Microsoft tools are intended to allow companies to write their privacy policies, so yes, they will be at least Microsoft-weighted if not Microsoft-specific, and other companies are going to have to deal with non-Windows Web platforms. The EFF's unusual backing of Microsoft here may have been prompted by the threat of privacy legislation. Governments everywhere are getting more and more annoyed by the software industry's apparent inability to do anything about privacy protection, or even to restrain itself (hello Microsoft) from breaching personal privacy. Getting P3P going faster may therefore seem like a smart way to head-off government intervention. But it's doubtful if adequate privacy standards can be delivered fast enough for this. P3P itself has a problem in that a Seattle company, Intermind, holds a key patent for it and wants money. And even if this is overcome, getting all of the software accepted as a worldwide standard and deployed will be a major challenge. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.