November 1, 2004

IAPP Announces Winners of 2004 HP/IAPP Privacy Innovation Award

Microsoft, US Postal Service Recognized for Exemplary Privacy Leadership

York, Maine — November 1, 2004 — The United States Postal Service (USPS) and Microsoft Corporation were announced as winners of the HP/IAPP Privacy Innovation Award during a special reception Thursday at the 2004 International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Privacy and Data Security Academy and Expo.   The IAPP is the world's largest association for the privacy profession.

"This year's Innovation Award winners demonstrate that going beyond what's expected or required is substantiated by measurable increases in consumer commitment and customer satisfaction," said Barbara Lawler, chief privacy officer, HP.  "Specific privacy investments made by the USPS and Microsoft are creating new ways of  doing business — making privacy a part of their cultures and business operations."

Microsoft Corporation won for the commercial category, while the US Postal Service took the honors in the government/non-profit category.  Both companies were credited for taking leadership roles in adopting and innovating technologies and techniques for the protection of consumer data.

"Privacy is a core value of the U.S. Postal Service.  In our 225 year history, we have established a trusted tradition regarding protecting the privacy and security of the mail," said Zoe Strickland, chief privacy officer for the USPS.  "The USPS Business Impact Assessment (BIA) is a tool that supports this core postal tradition.  The BIA process is a systematic evaluation - and driver - of every USPS information system in terms of privacy and security.  This recognition affirms the value of privacy and security infrastructure."

"Microsoft's commitment to privacy innovation and improving the effectiveness of technologies that protect customer privacy is at the core of how we conduct business and help customers realize the full potential of technology," said Peter Cullen, Chief Privacy Strategist for Microsoft. "Our approach to privacy extends beyond regulatory compliance standards, and is focused on providing customers with greater control over their personal information in ways that further strengthen their level of trust with Microsoft and technology in general."

The HP/IAPP Privacy Innovation Award was created in partnership with HP and the IAPP as the industry's premier award, recognizing leadership and innovation in the development and advocacy of technologies and techniques for the protection of personal data.  The HP/IAPP Privacy Innovation Award is awarded annually to the commercial and government/not-for-profit organizations that set the standard of excellence for the privacy community.

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's leading association of privacy and security professionals.  The IAPP helps define and support the profession of privacy by being a forum for interaction, education, and discussion across industries.  To learn more, visit

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