Microsoft unveiling initial improvements to the look and feel of many of its “online privacy statements” to make privacy information easier to locate and use for many consumers.
Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer, Brendon Lynch stated, “We are not “condensing our privacy statements,” just making them easier for people to find the information they want at the level of detail they want.”
“There are no material changes to our data collection and use practices.”
The migration to the new format will be a steady and gradual transition, he said, “Microsoft.com and Bing are the first to make the change,” which will be followed by others over time.
The new format will enable greater structural consistency across privacy statements for different Microsoft products and services.
It will also “help customers go directly to the privacy statement for the specific product or service they’re using, rather than navigating through a general privacy statement and the many supplements that were added as the number of our products and services grew,” explains Lynch.
“Our new right-hand navigation will help customers link directly to their desired section in the statement they are currently viewing. The horizontal buttons at the top can be used to switch between different privacy statements,” he said.
You can check out the new Microsoft Online Privacy Statement here.
Responding to a recent report of a user who claimed, “Microsoft had locked him out his Microsoft Account after finding disallowed content in a private folder on his SkyDrive.”
A Microsoft spokesperson without giving any specific details, says, that they have “advanced mechanisms to ensure that users abide by [their] Code of Conduct,” the implication being that most of this would happen through automated processes.
Here is the full Microsoft statement:
“With 60 million SkyDrive customers in more than 100 countries, Microsoft works hard to keep SkyDrive available around the world as the trusted place for people to store personal data. In order to do this, we’ve built SkyDrive to respect the privacy of our users while also ensuring it is not used for illegal activity – such as the distribution of child pornography.
As a general practice, we do not comment on internal processes; however, we have strict internal policies in place to limit access to a user’s data, and we have advanced mechanisms to ensure users abide by our Code of ConductCode of Conduct. For example, we pioneered automated scanning for child pornography through the PhotoDNA project – now used by other industry leaders.
Any content we find to be in violation of our Code of Conduct is subject to removal – and in rare cases, can lead to temporary or permanent shutdown of an account.
We understand no system is perfect. That’s why we are constantly improving our ability to ensure the privacy, security and availability of our user’s data around the world.”
For those not aware, “Microsoft Research’s PhotoDNA project, which is a pretty amazing piece of automated software that helps law enforcement and ISPs track down child pornography.”