Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Others to Address Human Rights Violations

An important press release came out this week regarding a coalition of Internet companies, IT providers, human rights organizations, and academics joining forces to address human rights violations enabled by technologies and practices by some of the member organizations, such…

Microsoft Releases Guidelines for Customer Privacy

Microsoft publicly released a 49-page internal document, called Microsoft’s Privacy Guidelines for Developing Software Products and Services outlining recommendations for both Micorsoft and other software developers to help them protect customer privacy when building applications that deal with sensitive information,…

Amnesty Blasts Google, Microsoft, Yahoo

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have undermined the rights of Chinese to freedom of expression through their actions in China, according to Amnesty International."All three companies have, in one way or another, facilitated or colluded in the practice of censorship in…

Google, Microsoft and Others Establish Consumer Privacy Legislative Forum

A group of twelve notable and diverse U.S. companies are joining forces to create a Consumer Privacy Legislative Forum to study the implications and explore support for comprehensive federal consumer privacy legislation. Google, one of the signatories, has posted the…

Google Joins NSA’s Other Northwest Neighbors

The NY Times reports that Google has built a "computing center as big as two football fields, with twin cooling plants protruding four stories into the sky" on the Oregon-Washington border. Yahoo and Microsoft both have large processing centers about…

Don’t be Hypocritical: Google Upset at MSFT’s Default Browser

According to the New York Times, Google has been expressing concerns about the fact that Internet Explorer 7’s search box will ship with Microsoft’s MSN Search as the default search engine: Google, which only recently began beefing up its lobbying…

Congress v. IT Companies re: China

Nathan Weinberghas posted some excellent excerpts form today's congressional hearings with various IT companies regarding thier actions in China. Here are some highlights: The Associated Press: Rep. Tom Lantos, ranking Democrat on the International Relations Committee, told the company officials…