Microsoft Updates Privacy Policy and Agreement

August 05, 2015


Two days after releasing Windows 10, Microsoft renewed its privacy policy and agreement, which had been in effect since August 1, 2014.

Microsoft was pretty transparent with its updated privacy policy and agreement. In fact, the company released a copy for users to review and analyze. EDRi read the entire updated privacy and policy and summed it up in a single sentence: essentially, Microsoft is granting itself extremely broad rights to collect everything you do, say, and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or even your data to third parties.

Another party, Numerama, a new French tech website, studied Microsoft’s updated privacy policy and found many alarming changes. For starters, when you sign into a Microsoft account, Windows will sync some of the data on your settings, such as your browser history, websites you’ve opened, or apps you’ve used. However, users can change their settings to deactivate this automatic transfer.

What’s more, Windows now generates a unique advertising ID and assigns it to each user. Third parties can use your ID to generate profits [Kaci’s note: I recommend stating here HOW these third parties generate profits using users’ IDs…]. Moreover, when you decide to encrypt your device, Windows automatically encrypts the drive in which Windows is installed and generates a recovery key. This key is backed up online in your Microsoft One Drive account.

Furthermore, enabling Microsoft’s personal assistant software allows Microsoft to fully invade your privacy, collecting all of your data from your alarm schedule to your calendar schedule, as well as your contacts, music, and anything else they can get from you. Microsoft does this so that Cortana can provide the personalized experiences and relevant suggestions that it promises.

However, your privacy isn’t the only thing that you should be concerned with. Even your freedom of speech is at risk. Please note the following warning from Microsoft:

“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to.” Examples of necessary reasons to do so include to “protect their customers” and to “enforce the terms governing the use of the services.”

If you want to read more on the changes, you can click here.

You can also view Microsoft’s official policy at the following links:

Microsoft Privacy Statement
Microsoft Services Agreement