We have explained before what Microsoft Privacy Statement is. Just as a summary, we can say that it is a document where Microsoft explains the personal data that they processes, how they do it and for what purposes. If you want to know more about it you can go to this article.
In this article we will show you how the terms have been changing since 2015. Year after year Microsoft have been reviewing this statement and making progress in clarifying the uses of your information. We will explain every change in the history starting from the last ones.
October: In Skype, they clarify that they use voice and text data in the voice-to-text feature to provide captioning of audio for users.
September: Microsoft added student personal information provided by K-12 schools.
Microsoft also included information about making and receiving calls from your Android phone on your Windows device.
August: they want to make sure that you understand that Microsoft uses automated and manual methods of processing personal data.
Instructions to export your Skype chat history and files was added.
June: Microsoft detailed the data that they collect from Xbox consoles, Xbox Apps, and Xbox Live.
May: information about how Cortana interact with other Microsoft products was added.
In Speech, Voice Activation, Inking, and Typing, Microsoft included information regarding speech recognition features, voice recognition and voice data. They want to make sure that we know that users can enable and disable voice activation.
Regarding camera and photo apps, Microsoft inserted information about the ability to group photos by time, location, tags, and faces.
April: Microsoft added information about connected experiences and the collection and processing of diagnostic data.
November: Mixer from Entertainment and related service was updated to provide more information regarding which user interactions are publicly viewable.
October: Microsoft specified that they will cooperate with the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner.
In Products provided by your organization, Microsoft clarified that an employer’s or school’s ability to administer products and accounts can include control of privacy-related settings.
Some changes were included In Windows, such as:
- Reiterated that an organization can access data from Windows devices it manages.
- Provided examples in the description of Activity history.
- Clarified that the Advertising ID controls apply only where an app is relying on the Advertising ID.
- Describe that diagnostic data can be shared with an organization to help manage the organization’s devices.
- New Feedback Hub was added to describe the collection of feedback and diagnostic data through the app.
- Microsoft clarifies some issues regarding Location services, motion sensing. Also they specifies that Windows will attempt to determine location when you make an emergency call, to do this your mobile operator has access to your device’s location.
- Improved descriptions in Speech, Inking, and Typing to provide additional details about available controls.
- Web browsers describe a unique ID that is sent by the Edge browser to certain websites. It enables Microsoft to develop aggregate data to improve browser features and services.
Microsoft continue to improve the privacy statement intended to be more transparent and make it easier to read.
August: They clarified that access to personal data is limited to what is applicable law.
May: the privacy statement was edited to improve transparency and readability. The most relevant change could be that they updated specific descriptions of how Microsoft uses personal data.
They also edit How to Access & Control Your Personal Data section describing how customers can access their personal data.
Furthermore, Microsoft wants to make sure that we understand why organizations, like an employer or school, have access to an individual’s personal data. To do that they needed to clarify the differences between the three types of Microsoft accounts.
October: Microsoft provide more information about the collection and processing of data in enterprise and developer products. This information was included in the Enterprise and Developer Products section.
September: More information about Microsoft’s compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework was provided in Where We Store and Process Personal Data section.
August: they made some changes under How We Use Personal Data in order to improve transparency. Also, they listed additional countries where Microsoft operates data centers.
Some of the changes made this year includes:
- Updated Advertising to clarify the use of your data by third parties to customize the ads you see.
- In Enterprise Products, some links were added to privacy notices that still apply to certain enterprise offerings.
- Examples of when they collect data and the types of usage data they collect was added under Personal Data We Collect. They also added some clear examples in the section How We Use Personal Data.
Microsoft published a new Microsoft Privacy Statement designed to eliminate redundancies, improve usability, and increase clarity and transparency.