Microsoft to update Xbox Live Terms of Use with new app privacy rules

The dreaded Terms of Use is a document common among software and online services that users have to agree to accept before they can access many products. Today, Microsoft announced an upcoming new version of the Xbox Live Terms of Use that will include a change that will give permission from users to let Microsoft share personal data across Xbox Live apps.

In a post on the Xbox Wire site, Microsoft says the new TOU for Xbox Live will be rolled out to Xbox 360 owners later this week. It stated:

More app experiences available via Xbox Live are provided by a partner with whom you may have a separate online account. If you choose to link this account with your Xbox Live account, we confirm key data points across the accounts by sharing data such as your name, address, email address and date of birth with the partner. In this TOU update, customers agree to allow Microsoft to share this information in this manner.

The new rules also ask Xbox Live users to commit to keeping their own contact information up to date. Finally, parents of kids who are under 18 years of age will only need to accept the new TOU agreement once for all of the kids in their home. Remember, Xbox Live users have to accept these changes in the TOU if they wish to continue using the online service, which also extends to people who access it from the upcoming Xbox One console.

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I like the changes to TOU acceptance for kids. The way it was handled before was a bit ridiculous (prompt at sign in of the child to accept TOU, with a Microsoft account authentication challenge for the adult.) I suspect they anticipate a lot more child accounts on Xbox One due to more personalization and simpler sign-in.

So its basically allowing them to give you an opt in 3rd party sharing system, if YOU choose to link a 3rd party account then this TOU change covers them.

not really big news, but i suspect someone will half read and post about the privacy invasion.

"Share data across apps" is false. It clearly says if you link an external account, they will provide data to who you're linking to in order to validate the account isn't fake.