Microsoft's New Terms of Service Take Shots at Google But Leave Loopholes

Latest Information Technology: - Microsoft has its customer service contract to be less intrusive changed, but has the option of checking users retain the data

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If you keep track of the terms of Microsoft's customer service contracts, you know (I know, it's how logging the growth of the grass in your backyard is) that the TO has gone through a limited but bringing in embarrassment renovated in March after Microsoft has admitted that it has examined the Hotmail account from a blogger in response to the Kibkalo windows 8 leaks. Russian Alex Kibkalo which has been notched at a conference in Bellevue has drawn a sentence of time-served-plus-one-week, followed by delivery. We pay penance with yet another WOMAN to update.

When the Scroogled campaign has made abundantly clear, the view of Microsoft its approach to peace varies great with Google "we can anything (except applications for education Gmail and paid services) View from classified ads serve up" attitude. There is a fair amount of gray area at the edges, though, the new WOMAN terms of service sheet fluffy (Latest Information Technology).

There have been several noteworthy TO changes in this round. An example: The old Microsoft Waits agreement, effective October 19, 2012 have had this to the rest of the data stored with the various Microsoft services to say:

For example, we may occasionally use automated means to isolate information by e-mail, chat, or photos, to help to detect and protect against spam and malware, or to improve the services with new characteristics that make it easier to use. When editing your content, Microsoft is making strides to help preserve your tranquility.

The new version narrowed the obligation significantly:

We do not use what you say in email, chat, video calls or voice mail to target advertising to you. We do not use your documents, photos and other personal files to target advertising to you.

Take that, Google.

Nonetheless, does not reach the new version a blanket hands-on statement. Microsoft admits that it collects information about you as part of the Microsoft account signup process, and it may combine information obtained with data from other sources to target advertising to you.

While Microsoft says it will not check your e-mail, to serve, to target classified ads, it certainly reserves the right to check your email for other reasons. In some respect this is quite reasonable; malware checks come to mind immediately. But Microsoft has at least one ghost in the closet, checking e-mail for its own purposes. We come back to Kibkalo case.

The old 2012 versions of the TO say this:

Satisfy who breaks this agreement, which includes the Microsoft Anti-spam principle and the Microsoft Code of Conduct or local law, is not allowed on the services. Microsoft reserves the right to review content for the purpose of putting through this Agreement. Microsoft may inhibit or may otherwise prevent delivery of any type of e-mail, instant message, or to protect other communication to or from the services as part of our effort, the Services or our customers, or is otherwise by the Terms and Conditions.

Even though I certain reference in the defense of Microsoft news in connection with the Kibkalo case cannot find that the formulation of his scrutiny Hotmail, which seems the last paragraph, Microsoft deputy general counsel to justify the statement made by John Frank, that "while the terms of Microsoft execution of the services our permission for this kind review cleans, this happens only in the most extraordinary circumstances.”

That same statement from Frank, who is situated on TechNet in late March, goes on to say:

We announce steps to add to and further strengthen further our principles in any future documents entangling our customers. Specifically, we will not search for Customers-mail and other services conduct unless the circumstances would justify a court order when a was available. To ensure that we stop ourselves to the standards that are applicable to obtaining a court order, we will in the first instance on a legal team separates from the inner investigation team left to appreciate the evidence. We will only move the front when those team finishes it, is evidence of a crime, that would be enough to justify a court order, if one was true. As a new and additional step, we will submit an external lawyer that evidence, who is a former federal judge. We are only conduct a search if this former judge has completed similar that there is evidence, which is sufficient for a court order.

I could not find away similar wording in the new services agreement.

I have also seen no disclosure, the windows 8.1’s "Smart Search", Microsoft allows the contents of any search to follow you, do even if you are looking for just your computer. Is Search going of course in the major ad-generating buckets of Microsoft? Many people do not realize that Windows 8.1 Smart Search make.

And I have seen that there is no discussion about the way Microsoft uses your personal information - demographic, age, whatever - and bind them to your activities in windows when you log on to Windows 8 with a Microsoft account. Also to track your whereabouts.

While Microsoft has made a final, level-English commitment to what it can do with your information, it does not mention what it can do with the info from other people, nor does it describe the actions of third parties. For example, if someone your Hotmail account sends an e-mail, Microsoft may use the information in the email to make personalized Classifieds for you? For the sender? Read again the statement made by Microsoft carefully through.

If Microsoft shortened with third parties to provide advertising - as it has with Yahoo, at least in the context of Yahoo Search - The rules for the contractors, too?

He has told Microsoft that is new is ON, a breath of fresh air: It is merciful briefly through lawful mumbo-jumbo, and it is easy (except for the gray areas on). Although Microsoft could hardly be called the anti-Google - I offer Kluge search of, as an exhibit No. 1 - it is much less intrusive than Google, and it deserves to crow that fact.

New Microsoft Waits Agreement shall enter into force on 31 July. If you are using which of the services provided by Microsoft after that point, you are assumed to have accepted the new terms.

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