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Microsoft boss Satya Nadella hits out at big tech companies: ‘Privacy is a human right’

Microsoft’s chief executive Satya Nadella has spoken out about the importance of privacy and the ‘responsibility’ of tech companies to build trust.

Speaking at Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference in Seattle, he said: “Privacy is a human right. We at Microsoft have enshrined a set of principles that ensure we protect this human right.”

Nadella’s comments come after the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal, which fuelled conversations regarding large tech companies’ use of users data. This is especially pertinent as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be coming into force this month, forcing companies to revisit their data privacy laws.

Nadella was vocal in his support for the upcoming regulation: “GDPR is a sound, good regulation and we’ve been working hard to ensure compliance with it by the end of this month,” he said....