Microsoft Says Will Honour Data Localisation Requests From Governments“We might have to comply with data laws of different countries. That’s compulsory for all of us.

Since the tech companies require data to flow freely, Johnson said to be able to improve current security and intelligent systems against cybercriminals that are well funded, certain collections of information have to maneuver freely among the countries.

“I care about the stream of anonymous sets of encrypted information that have to flow freely among the nations. New cyber threats are emerging and in such a scenario, understanding such set of triggers might help us construct enhanced security methods, especially in a time when bad actors are extremely well funded,” Johnson added.

Over 1.2 billion people use Microsoft Office from 140 nations and 107 languages around the globe so the job to safeguard their data is humongous.

From apparatus to stage, Microsoft is building alternatives to fit the needs of the most security-conscious organisations along with the regulatory rules where they operate.

According to Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, the security researchers are now analysing trillion of cyber-threat signs – including 400 billion Outlook mails, 1.2 billion Microsoft devices, over 750 million Azure Cloud accounts and over 200 global partners and commercial providers.

“We are working very hard on the topic in which to build our data centres. We’re in nearly 40 nations now.

“We’re trying hard to think through what nation we want to be in. Some countries where human rights are a huge issue, we do not wish to be there. We do not want our data to be flipped over to such governments,” Heiner noted.

Microsoft has taken a lead from the data protection together with all the EU GDPR.

“It ups the stakes for tech companies for information privacy and security as penalties are gigantic. Privacy never had such hefty penalties and it does have currently because it has set high global standards for others to emulate,” the Microsoft executive order.

On a question that there should be one international data privacy legislation, Heiner explained that tech companies will be quite happy if there’s a typical set of principles.

“But we will never get there as authorities have different values and we respect that. Brazil has put a law in place that’s equal to GDPR and we welcome this,” he told IANS.

If it comes to Artificial Intelligence (AI), the need of the hour is to build”trustworthy AI” that’s fair and doesn’t distinguish between religion, caste and color.

“The entire idea is to build programs around AI in a trusted way. People won’t share information and they must not be. With respect to customers’ privacy, we need trusted AI systems that are secure and transparent,” Heiner clarified.

To address such challenges, Microsoft has invented a committee called AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research (AETHER), bringing together senior leaders from throughout the enterprise to focus on proactive formulation of internal policies and the way to answer specific topics in a responsible manner.

AETHER has the job of ensuring Microsoft AI platform and expertise attempts remain deeply grounded within the organization’s core principles and values and benefit the broader society.