Microsoft Privacy Updates: make sure you are up-to-date with these terms

Microsoft Privacy Updates seem to happen with a higher regularity these days. Long agreements and lack of free time is a bad combination for this issue. Very few people read about these important (and legally-binding) online documents, without even realizing they might be infringing them. This could potentially mean a world of trouble for unaware users!

Make sure to read this article below. You need to know how to keep track of Microsoft Privacy Updates at all times – and we’ll show you all you need to know, right here.

Microsoft Privacy Updates

Privacy Policies are very important for the users of any Microsoft Product or Service. They rule the way you can access your Microsoft contents, and thy state your legal obligations to the company. They also show you your rights and how the law can protect and assist you. Even so, very few people actually take the time to read these terms in full, and just start using their contents.

Worst yet, if you do take the time to read these long policies in full, chances are they will only ‘keep’ for a short while. It is mandatory for them to update privacy policies regularly, and it seems this practice is getting even more frequent these days.

Back in 2016, Microsoft Privacy Updates happened 4 times, 3 of those with a short waiting period by the end of the year. 2017 surprised their users with 6 updates. And 2018 gave us another 6 updates – every few weeks.

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Now, by the time this article was written, the first half of 2019 came with a heavy-load of updates. Between the months of March and June, Microsoft has released one update per month! This means there are quite a few changes in the rules that are governing your relationship with the company. And, of course, your use of their products and services too…

How to keep track with these updates

Microsoft Privacy Updates are properly announced. When a new policy is up, it applies automatically from the moment it is posted in their website. So if you access your Microsoft Account, or use any Microsoft content, make sure to first check for their news and notifications. Visit the Privacy link at the end of each page – if there are new policies and you use their contents without knowing it, you are still under this legally-binding agreement!

If you have a Microsoft Account or are registered / Signed Up to any of the Microsoft product or services, you should also get an email letting you know about the update, and the date on which it will start taking effect. Make sure you read these important emails!

Please visit this link to know more about Microsoft Privacy Updates, their history, your rights, and your obligations when using Microsoft products and services.

Microsoft Services Agreement: all you need to know

The Microsoft Services Agreement is one of those long documents almost no one cares to read through. Top to bottom, it has over 15200 words inside. Who has the time to read such a document?! Well, we know you have a busy life, and that’s why we have everything you need to know about this Agreement, right here in this article below. Read on!

The Microsoft Terms Agreement, as they state, cover “the use of those Microsoft consumer products, websites, and services”. This means they rule over all your activities with the company and their products, services and contents. That is a serious deal!

First thing to know is you access these terms just by using or accessing their websites, your Microsoft Account, or any (and all) of their contents and products. Without even signing anything. Without even knowing it. Just like that, you are legally governed by this agreement!

What this agreement talks about

The Microsoft Terms Agreement covers a great deal of issues, including:

  • Your privacy and contents. This is all information the company may have from you, from your use of their products and services, your public profile, even your purchases online. Make sure to read our article about the Microsoft Privacy Statement to learn more.
  • The accepted Code of Conduct that governs your online behavior. You could be infringing these terms if you don’t know what they allow you to do! And attention parents: there’s a whole special section about Xbox Code Of Conduct you should read about.
  • Your use of their services, products and support, plus apps and third party services. This involves all your Microsoft products, contents and services. (It even covers how to end your agreement with them)
  • Your rights regarding their service. Yes, it is not all about what you have to do, but what they have to do too!
  • Terms, Licenses and Legal obligations for both parties – you and the Company and partners. It also covers the limitation of liability and Warranties. This is important, specially when dealing with payments and financial information!
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Note there are Service Specific Terms. This means, the own set of terms, conditions and policies for their most popular products. If you own or have an account, or even use and/or interact with any of the following, you should read this segment carefully:

  • Xbox
  • Store
  • All Microsoft Family Features
  • Skype
  • GroupMe
  • Bing
  • MSN
  • Cortana
  • Office
  • Outlook
  • Microsoft Health Services
  • Digital products (including Groov, Movies, ebooks, and all sorts of contents and media platforms)
  • OneDrive
  • Microsoft rewards

Please note they show a list of 127 other covered services.

What to do next

Make sure you take the time to read, at least once in your life, the full Microsoft Services Agreement, following this link.

Microsoft License Terms: important information you need to know

The Microsoft License Terms are long. And we mean – long. By the term, a license is “an official permission to do, use or own something. And so, this license states the way Microsoft can use your information, or perform several actions directed to you (such as advertisement and information gathering, for instance) or involving you in different manners.

The Microsoft License Terms can vary depending on where you live and/or access your account, or use their products and services. This change due to the differences by the local governing laws, and how they can apply to either you or them.

What are the Microsoft License Terms

This document legally binds you and the Microsoft Company according to several issues. It applies to you, the Microsoft Company, and their trusted partners, subsidiaries and more parties.

The document, as they state, “describes your rights and the conditions upon which you may use the Windows software”. Though most people just uses Microsoft products and services without even paying attention to them, it is important you know what they are all about.

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But wait… when did I accepted these terms?

You may be thinking you never signed anything quite like this document. However, you would be sadly mistaking. Yu actually accept their terms and conditions just by accessing and/or using their services and products! They actually let you know this in this document… ever more reason to read it in full.

What do these terms include?

The Microsoft License Terms include the applicability of these, such as what products, services, contents and others that might constitute your use/access to them, thus accepting the terms. This basically states that you are not the owner, but are granted with a license to use and access their own contents, products and services.

It is important to note these terms also state your use/access limitations. These can include you copying contents, sharing memes and photos, and many other ‘simple’ things that could get you in trouble!

The terms include all sorts of things – To many to summarize in this little article. They state what you can and can’t do with any and all Microsoft products, services and contents, and how you can use them too.

And, of course, the Terms also include what would happen if legal problems arise from the infringement of their Terms. This is a serious issue you should know all about. So what’s our best advice to you? Simply: invest a few minutes of your life to read the Terms in full.

Your time is precious, we know. But this is an important thing to do. Not only with these Microsoft License Terms, but with any Terms of Use and Conditions or Policies from every website and software you use and/or access to. To read the Microsoft License Terms in full, please follow this link.

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Microsoft Privacy Statement: important information you need to know

The Microsoft Privacy Statement is a long read, that’s for sure. And many (many!) people just accept them without even reading it! However, you need to know certain things about it. Your data, your privacy, and your public exposure could be at risk here. Make sure to read this full article below.

What is the Microsoft Privacy Statement

The Microsoft Privacy Statement is, as it name describes, a statement that declares how Microsoft uses and processes your private and personal data. This includes every piece of information related to your Microsoft Account and internet activity when using sites, apps and others that support Microsoft Account.

In simpler terms, this statement lets you know how the company gathers, storages, processes and uses all your information. What sites you visit, for how long, and in what manner, including purchases and others. It also applies to your private information. This is your name and last name, social security number, age, address, email address, and even credit card number or bank and financial information if it is linked to your account!

If the information is a part of your account or you have used it when surfing the web through your Microsoft Account, this Statement applies to it. You get now why it is so important to know about this statement, right?

What does the Microsoft Privacy Statement includes

This statement includes:

What kind of data they gather from you. Whether you have submitted it in your profile or used it when doing several online activities. Though these might be protected by your privacy settings, keep in mind they could be being gathered by Microsoft to improve your user experience.

The way they use such data: As they state, they gather and use your information to improve your user experience. It can be to provide you with new products or updates, troubleshooting any issues, carry out purchases or transactions, and more.

They can also use your information without interacting with you. This means: use it to improve their products and services, advertise, personalize products and services, performing research, and more.

How they share your information: Though they are legally prohibited to share your personal information with third parties, they do can share it with their trusted partners. They can also share your information when required by the law.

Other information contained in the Microsoft Privacy Statement

This statement also contains other important information for you. This includes:

  • Their use of cookies and other technologies
  • Information about products provided by them
  • Information about your Microsoft Account and how they categorize it
  • Their security measurements to protect your information
  • The standard of action when dealing with legal issues
  • And much more

Do I have control over my data?

You do and you don’t. They gather any piece of information they see fit, and store for its later use. You can control what you share, submit or allow them to see/use. You can also request them to eliminate your personal information when allowed by the law.

What can I do to keep my information safe?

You can set your privacy settings to protect certain pieces of information. You can also decline providing personal or sensitive information, and not prove any data you wish to keep private and safe.

How can I learn more?

Visit the Microsoft Privacy Statement and read it in full, clicking here.