Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Set Common Voice Abroad - WSJ.com

Interesting times…

Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. will announce Tuesday that they have agreed to a common set of principles for how to do business in nations that restrict free speech and expression, as the companies seek to combat criticism that they have helped enable censorship in those countries.

Under the new principles, which were crafted over two years, the technology titans promise to protect the personal information of their users wherever they do business and to "narrowly interpret and implement government demands that compromise privacy," according to the code. They also commit to scrutinizing a country's track record of jeopardizing personal information and freedom of expression before launching new businesses in a country and to discussing the risks widely with their executives and board members.

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Set Common Voice Abroad - WSJ.com

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