"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." That well-known phrase was penned by Charles Dickens more than 150 years ago, but it's just as relevant now. And while Dickens wasn't talking about privacy, he could have been, said Microsoft's Brad Smith as he opened his keynote speech at the IAPP's Global Privacy Summit here in Washington yesterday. In a well-received address, Smith outlined especially Microsoft’s position toward government access requests for personal data and concluded that the law, as currently written in the United States, simply isn’t sufficient for the way the world currently works.
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