Microsoft Reports Progress in Cloud Privacy and Sustainability
The latest Citizenship Report details some of Microsoft's progress and successes across a wide range of societal issues, from cloud privacy to the environment.Microsoft published the 2015 Citizenship Report for the fiscal year 2015 on its new Transparency Hub this week, announced the software giant's president and top lawyer, Brad Smith. "As we work to create more personal computing, build the intelligent cloud and reinvent productivity and business processes, our citizenship commitments and actions play an important part in earning and keeping the trust of our customers, investors and others," blogged Smith. Those efforts include prioritizing cloud data privacy, particularly in a post-Snowden world. Smith noted that during Microsoft's FY15, the Redmond, Wash., company became "the first major cloud provider independently verified for meeting the world's first international standard for cloud privacy (called ISO/IEC 27018)." Earlier this year, the company revealed that the British Standards Institution had certified that its Azure cloud computing platform met the standard's stringent cloud data transfer, security and privacy requirements. The U.S. government's controversial Ireland email case was highlighted in the 71-page report, as an example of how Microsoft is championing data privacy rights. "Throughout FY15, we engaged in an ongoing legal challenge to the US government's attempt to mandate that we turn over a customer's email content stored in our datacenter located in Ireland," stated the report.
On the environmental front, Microsoft said it met its 100 percent renewable energy pledge by purchasing over 3.2 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy. For FY16, the company plans to further increase its direct purchases of renewable energy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Microsoft the second-largest consumer of clean energy in the United States, Smith said.