Microsoft, Google & Others Call For Unified Federal Privacy Protection

Microsoft bravely took part in the search privacy panel we did at our SES New
York show earlier this year (coverage
here and
here), saying it would
welcome better US federal protections on privacy issues. Why? It would let
Microsoft and the searchers it serves know exactly what data government agencies
could and could not have. Now Microsoft, along with Google and other tech
companies, are pushing to make this happen.


Calling for federal consumer privacy protection
over at the Official Google
Blog talks about Google getting behind the organized effort and points to a
statement letter
(PDF) asking for a unified federal approach to consumer privacy. The effort is
by the Consumer Privacy Legislative Forum, part of the
Center For Democracy & Technology.

Companies signing the statement are:

  • Kodak
  • eBay
  • Eli Lilly
  • Google
  • Hewitt and Associates
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Sun
  • Symantec