Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

Iowa’s Fields of Digital Dreams

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

I knew that Microsoft was planning to build a large data storage facility in Iowa, but I was a little surprised to see that they will virtually be neighbors with me!


Revisiting Online Medical Information Storage Houses Points To Consistent Need For *1* Federal Privacy Law

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Last fall I blogged about Microsoft’s HealthVault, “Why Would You Trust Microsoft To Store Your Sensitive Health Information?
It didn’t take long before Google got in on the game.
Today an interesting story ran in the New York Times, “Warning on Storage of Health Records” that also points out the concerns with having huge amounts of health information stored in some mega-multi-services-products types of monolith company. The issues are the same for any organization storing such information, though; but putting health information in the same corporate systems that contain the records of billions of people really open up quite a Pandora’s box of privacy breach possibilities.
Here are some excerpts from the news story that make some good points…


Promoting Science and Technology

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

I participate in the LinkedIn community, and I was intrigued this morning to find a question posted by Bill Gates (yes Microsoft Bill)!

“How can we do more to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and technology?”


Bill Gates Is Creating Road Hazards Across America

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Last night on the drive into town to my 8-year-old son’s basketball practice we were on a heavily trafficked city interstate around 5:15pm…rush hour and happy hour drivers were everywhere with bumber-to-bumper vehicles across 4 lanes. I was sitting in the passenger side, and I saw a large truck in front of us. As we pulled alongside I saw “Microsoft” boldly painted on the truck cargo area.


Microsoft’s Charney Agrees That Information Security and Privacy Pros Must Work Together

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Yesterday (Wednesday) was the final day of the IAPP Privacy Academy, and it was a great conference for me! I have been preaching about information security and privacy collaboration within a 2-day training seminar over the past 2 years, so it is good to finally start hearing others recognize and promote the need for information security and privacy practitioners to work together.


Why Would You Trust Microsoft To Store Your Sensitive Health Information?

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Today Microsoft launched their new web portal, HealthVault to store, for free, “medical histories, immunization and other records from doctors’ offices and hospital visits, including data from devices like heart monitors. It is also tied to a health information search engine the software maker launched last month.”


Privacy Initiatives Sincere Or Marketing Ploy?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Yesterday San Jose Mercury News printed a story about how Yahoo, Microsoft and Ask are going to “limit” the personally identifiable information (PII) they collect online.


Privacy Breach, Hackers and Lawsuits: Iowa Department of Education, Microsoft and Perkins Omelettes; Oh My!

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

There’s been enough interesting information security and privacy news here in my own frigid (subzero) snowy back yard in central Iowa to keep me from looking beyond the state for discussion material. Well yes, I did look beyond anyway…what I found will wait until another day.
Yesterday was interesting in that the Iowa Department of Education announced a security breach into their GED database and the Microsoft versus Comes/Iowa class action lawsuit was settled out of court.