By Paul HenningsenIt’s the most important time in the security industry since the NSA’s massive data breach in 2016, when the agency compromised the personal data of tens of millions of users worldwide.
As cloud security and privacy increasingly becomes a hot-button issue in the wake of the breaches, the stakes are high for a number of tech giants to make good on promises to keep users safe.
The stakes have escalated in the past week, as Symantec and IBM announced they would stop sharing customers’ data.
Microsoft has promised to share only data that is relevant to its business, and in an email to customers, the company said it would “disclose personal information only to the extent necessary for legitimate business purposes”.
Microsoft’s cloud-based platform Azure also announced plans to “reinforce existing security controls in order to protect against and address threats and attacks”.
Google also announced it would stop giving out data about users, but only to law enforcement agencies and government agencies.
Facebook’s Cloud Platform Group, which makes cloud infrastructure products, has said it will stop sharing data about its users.
Google has also confirmed it would not provide cloud-connected devices and services to law-enforcement agencies, citing privacy concerns.
Amazon has also announced that it will “continue to share data with government agencies”.
Google’s CEO Jeff Bezos has been vocal about the need for cloud security, calling it “one of the greatest opportunities to build trust” and promising to “make cloud technology a global norm”.
“Our company has been focused on protecting the privacy of our customers and the public for many years, and today we’re announcing a number to further protect the public from the threats we face today,” he said.
Microsoft is also moving to “better protect the personal information we collect” by restricting the amount of data that can be shared with law enforcement, and will begin using new technology to prevent and stop “unauthorised” use of personal data.