Microsoft to modify personal data agreement


Microsoft has vowed to change its privacy policy following a congressman's letter to CEO Steve Ballmer.

Following a letter from a congressman, Microsoft has stated it will change its personal data usage policy to clarify that users' personal information won't be used in targeted advertising.

Rep. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts wrote a letter to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer taking issue with the company's new policy, which it had updated on Friday, according to The New York Times. That policy gives Microsoft the right to use information collected from its online services, such as the recently launched Outlook.com, for a wide variety of uses.

Markey's letter specifically took issue with the fact that the privacy agreement gives Microsoft the ability to compile a user's information from its services, which gives the company a way to "[stitch] together detailed, in-depth consumer profiles." In response, Microsoft has stated it will alter the agreement terms so that customers know their information isn't being used for target advertising.

"One thing we don’t do is use the content of our customers' private communications and documents to target advertising," a Microsoft statement issued to the NYT said. "We could have been clearer about this when we rolled out our updated Services Agreement. We appreciate the feedback we've received, and as a result, we will update the agreement as soon as possible to make that point absolutely clear."

Source: The New York Times | Image via Microsoft

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the WHOLE OS is to collect data and target to advertising... Almost every M$ "app" has an advertisement. I wonder how this would end, I mean, if every corp or small company has an advertisement from its competence and plus, they collect the data and probably sell to the competence or to whatever has the money. People dont seems to be consent about privacy and personal data, which is sold, the companies should be worried about.

ThePitt said,
the WHOLE OS is to collect data and target to advertising... Almost every M$ "app" has an advertisement. I wonder how this would end, I mean, if every corp or small company has an advertisement from its competence and plus, they collect the data and probably sell to the competence or to whatever has the money. People dont seems to be consent about privacy and personal data, which is sold, the companies should be worried about.

Yes, M$ more. Increases validation your point by 200%.

/s

ThePitt said,
the WHOLE OS is to collect data and target to advertising... Almost every M$ "app" has an advertisement. I wonder how this would end, I mean, if every corp or small company has an advertisement from its competence and plus, they collect the data and probably sell to the competence or to whatever has the money. People dont seems to be consent about privacy and personal data, which is sold, the companies should be worried about.

lolwut

ThePitt said,
the WHOLE OS is to collect data and target to advertising... Almost every M$ "app" has an advertisement. I wonder how this would end, I mean, if every corp or small company has an advertisement from its competence and plus, they collect the data and probably sell to the competence or to whatever has the money. People dont seems to be consent about privacy and personal data, which is sold, the companies should be worried about.

Is it too hard to type out "Microsoft" or bare minimum "MS"?

nohone said,
Did this politician send a letter to Google, also, or does he just have a problem with Microsoft?

He's on MS' case here because MS just made the policy change, but it looks like he chairs a privacy committee, and that committee seems to have attempted to increase personal data privacy rights on mobile devices, and the way it was worded sounded like it was mostly aimed at Google. This same committee also went after Google in teh past over their privacy policy
http://markey.house.gov/press-...n-google-new-privacy-policy

Google is god and no one dares to stand up to the great Goog... (pukes)

nohone said,
Did this politician send a letter to Google, also, or does he just have a problem with Microsoft?

deadonthefloor said,
See.
Some of us read through the legalese to come up with that same conclusion.

I am glad they're dumbing it down for the populace.

Clarity is always welcome in legal documents. If the wording was there, but not clear (as in you could see loopholes) and it can be made better, then improving the wording is always welcome

Sraf said,
Nice, good to see a politician stand up for consumer rights

My policitican stands up for consumer rights, and then sits back down on his fat arse and doesn't bother to vote against things which violate our rights as consumers

Teebor said,

My policitican stands up for consumer rights, and then sits back down on his fat arse and doesn't bother to vote against things which violate our rights as consumers