Global Network Initiative: Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo

“This is an important first step,” says Mike Posner of Human Rights First. Apparently, Microsoft and Google lowered their standards more reluctantly and to a lesser extent than Yahoo in the past. The new guidelines seek to limit what data should be shared with authorities, in cases where free speech is an issue. But the initiative seems to leave a lot at the dicretion of the three competitors. Assessing the human rights climate in a country before concluding business deals is alright, but could still leave a lot of leeway for interpretation. Still, the initiative’s boards will

  • Receive and evaluate regular reports from management on how the commitments laid out in the Principles are being implemented.
  • Review freedom of expression and privacy risk within the overall risk management review process.
  • Participate in freedom of expression and privacy risk training as part of overall Board education.
  • More details are available here ».

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