SAN FRANCISCO – A privacy panel including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Mozilla was among the most heated sessions of last year’s RSA Security conference. In 2014 the same panel, which included privacy officers from Google, Microsoft and Intel Security, was not nearly as contentious – although Alex Fowler, chief privacy officer at Mozilla, declined to participate, citing concerns over allegations concerning RSA’s involvement with the National Security Agency.
Even without Fowler’s involvement, the NSA was top of mind.
Brendon Lynch, chief privacy officer at Microsoft, said security is now seen as a privacy issue. To that end, Microsoft has challenged itself to be more transparent. Only a small fraction of Microsoft customers have been impacted by U.S. government requests for information, Lynch noted.