Microsoft has updated its services agreement, which may not seem like a huge issue for users of the company’s many products, but it could be worth a second look to users concerned with cloud security and privacy.
The update changes the way that Microsoft can share user data between its different cloud based services. Basically, the company has adopted a policy of sharing data between its many different services such as Outlook, SkyDrive, and Office accounts.
Microsoft says that the change is supposed to make the user experience better for those who use multiple Microsoft products, since they won’t ever have to look around for their data that may be stored in one of several different cloud storage services.
These products are used by businesses, and since many are concerned with cloud security, it is important for business owners to understand how their data is being used in the cloud.
The content you upload to the service is still owned by you and remains your responsibility. Users also still have control over who can access their account data. Just because data is stored on the cloud, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is secure.
The company does, however, reserve the right to review content uploaded to its services to make sure it complies with Microsoft’s Code of Conduct and Anti-Spam Policy. Content that doesn’t comply can be removed by Microsoft.
The user agreement states that anyone who uses its services is agreeing to its terms. Users will be required to have a Microsoft account, formerly known as a Windows Live ID, in order to access portions of these services. The changes will become effective September 27, 2012.
Realistically, most users of these products probably won’t even notice a difference, but the new policy still has an impact on privacy rights and your company’s data.