Microsoft General Counsel Wants Surveillance Convention

As President Obama made clear in his NSA speech last week, surveillance reforms aren't going to happen overnight, and a blog post by Microsoft's chief legal officer gave a glimpse of the international back-and-forth that may need to take place for civil liberties, national security -- and cross-border business -- to be protected as the digital era moves ahead. Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith called for "an international legal framework -- an international convention -- to create surveillance and data-access rules across borders," saying current legal structures are out of date and have prompted "some governments, as we've learned over the past take unilateral actions outside [the] system" -- not the best way forward, Smith said.