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The V3 Hot Seat: Microsoft chief privacy officer Brendon Lynch

30 Oct 2012

Microsoft chief privacy officer Brendon LynchOver the last few years data protection has become a hot topic within the IT industry, with numerous governments putting in place strict new laws designed to punish companies playing fast and loose with their data.

Having served as Microsoft's chief privacy officer for the last six years, Brendon Lynch has been an instrumental player in this area, being responsible for all the key decisions made by Microsoft on how it stores, protects and manages data stored on its networks.

Lynch follows the likes of UK Fujitsu chief executive Duncan Tait and Trend Micro security director Rik Ferguson in V3's Hot Seat.

V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)

Lynch: I always had an interest in the intersection of technology and society so in many ways I'm already in my dream job. But if I wasn't chief privacy officer at Microsoft, I would like to lead a think tank focused on technology policy and society. IT plays a huge and impactful role on all areas of society and so often, policy is the critical piece to enable further advances.

Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?

Currently I use a Windows Phone 7.5, and I'm looking forward to my new Windows Phone 8. I cannot wait to get my hands on the Microsoft Surface.

Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?

This probably stretches the definition of industry but I really admire people like Daniel Weitzner at MIT (who recently completed a stint in the White House). [I admire] people who have a deep technology vision but who can also be highly influential in advancing public policy for the benefit of the IT industry and citizens alike.

Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?

Microsoft Lync has really changed how I operate. I can be having an instant message chat with a colleague half way across the world, and then easily switch to phone or video, if needed - or even open up a virtual whiteboard. It has helped me be more efficient with my time and increase my global team's collaboration.

What's been the highlight of your career so far?

This job, hands down. Being Microsoft's chief privacy officer means I am responsible for privacy policy creation and implementation across the company, engaging with external stakeholders and influencing the creation of privacy and data protection technologies for customers. This involves working on leading-edge issues across IT, policy and society - areas I mentioned above that I'm passionate about.

What was your first job?

I was quality assurance manager for a dairy company in New Zealand.


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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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