Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president, Brad Smith spoke on the on going crisis related to data breach by US government. He said that the government to stop collecting bulk data from technology firms as people will lose trust in companies for storing their data in the cloud.
“It needs to be well-designed regulation, it needs to be thoughtful, it needs to be balanced, but we cannot live in the Wild West when we’re talking about information that is this important to people,” he said.
“I want law enforcement to do its job in an effective way pursuant to the rule of law,” he said. “If we can’t get to that world, then law enforcement is going to have a bleak future anyway.”
He also said that online privacy will become more and more important as billion of new devices will get connected to internet in the coming years.
“By the end of this decade, there will be 50 billion devices in the Internet of things connected to data centers around the world,” Smith said. “We will enter a world where every thermostat, smoke detector, fire extinguisher, parking meter, traffic light, garbage can, and you name it, is a connected device.”