Microsoft Change of Service

Microsoft Change of Service

Microsoft is on a drive... to gain your trust.

Still... a hefty read.

Still... a hefty read.

Microsoft has recently announced it is changing it Terms of Service and Privacy Statement in an apparent attempt to throw away its legalese and complicated language and bring forth a more understandable and open policy.

Microsoft has also added in to the mix a promise, not quite a pinky promise but a promise all the same that they will not use any of your content to help target you with advertising. The content in question is mainly pointed towards communication via email, Skype and video calling. But in a separate FAQ page they do mention that your documents, photos and personal files wont be used for advertising purposes. (Isn't that nice?!)

Microsoft has been running a bit of a "reminder campaign" recently, they are always reminding us that Google snoops on your emails and makes a profit on that by selling your information to advertisers.
So this new change is a step towards distancing themselves from this practice. Of course Google has responded by stating that 

Some of the products that will be affected.

Some of the products that will be affected.

Even though Microsoft has stated it wont sell your data there is no change in the way they collect data. Microsoft has said that they use your data to analyse how you use your products and thus improve the service. But we also know that Microsoft harvest data to give to NSA and GCHQ, which to some is the most important breach of privacy that needs to be addressed

To many this change wont mean a thing, to some this change wont mean a thing, so will this be seen as just a simple pr exercise or are Microsoft turning the corner and actually places privacy and anonymity to the core of its foundation. My vote is on the former not the latter.

This new agreement will take effect on July 31 2014, and by using Microsoft's services after this date, you'll automatically agree to abide by the terms of the agreement. If you don't agree, you'll need to stop using Microsoft services.

The Code of Service can be found here.