Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Privacy, free speech, sovereignty non-negotiable

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New Delhi | Published: September 26, 2017 5:32:50 PM

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has come out with a new book named Hit Refresh.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, IT giant MicrosoftNadella stressed that technology industry needs to design for transparency.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has come out with a new book named Hit Refresh. In his new book Nadella speaks about how privacy, free speech, sovereignty and security are non negotiable values. In his book, the CEO of the tech giant company has made six suggestions on how trust of both government partners and customers is to be maintained in this age of globalisation, said Hindustan Times report.

Nadella suggests that at first a proper efficient system is needed for appropriate, carefully controlled access to data by law enforcement authorities. Among the government’s most important duties none is more important than protecting citizens from any kind of harm.

Suggesting the need for more privacy protection so that the user data is not destroyed in the name of efficiency, he said that collection of digital evidence must be targeted at specific users and limited to cases where reasonable proof of crime exists.

Nadella’s third suggestion is on the need to develop a modern framework for collection of digital evidence that respects international borders while recognizing the global nature of today’s information technology. In the current chaotic legal situation, governments across the globe are acting unilaterally, he said, as per report.

Providing his fourth suggestion, Nadella stressed that technology industry needs to design for transparency. “In recent years, technology companies have secured the right to publish aggregate data about the number and types of requests they receive for digital evidence. Governments should ensure that their laws protect this type of transparency by technology companies”, he says in the book.

While Nadella’s fifth suggestion was that laws should be modernised in order to reflect the ways in which uses of technology have evolved over time, his sixth and last suggestion is that trust must be promoted through security. He argued that in recent times, law enforcement agencies have argued that encryption, in particular, is affecting investigations by putting vital information beyond their reach. Pointing out that some proposed solutions raise significant concerns, he said that regulatory or legal reforms should not undermine security, a vital element of users’ trust in technology, Hindustan Times added.

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