Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 09:07 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft this week updated its services agreement with subtle, yet potentially significant changes to its policy on privacy and dispute settlement. The company notified users of the changes in an e-mail sent Friday, informing them that the new Terms of Service would go into effect on October 19th. Apparently taking its cue from Google, Microsoft's revised policy allows the company to access and display user content across all of its cloud properties." Microsoft said, when Google announced an identical policy change: "Google is in the midst of making some unpopular changes to some of their most popular products. Those changes, cloaked in language like 'transparency', 'simplicity', and 'consistency', are really about one thing: making it easier for Google to connect the dots between everything you search, send, say or stream while using one of their services." Let me guess: no outraged blog posts from the usual suspects this time around.
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Where's the government?
by oper on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 15:47 UTC
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Where's the government?
Shouldn't be there protecting people's rights and data?

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RE: Where's the government?
by WorknMan on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 16:17 in reply to "Where's the government?"
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Where's the government?
Shouldn't be there protecting people's rights and data?

In that case, you would be asking the government to do the impossible. The entertainment industry has been using the government for years to try and protect their own data (content), and haven't had much success. So if an entity like that, with all of its millions to spend on the problem can't keep a 15yo from sharing the latest Snoop Dogg album with several million of his friends, despite laws being passed to aid in the effort, why do you think the government would have any better luck trying to keep Joe Sixpack's personal information under wraps?

Newsflash: if people/companies want to share your personal/private info, they're going to do so. And there's nothing that you or the government can do about it. Why? Because the technology makes preventing sharing impossible. In some cases, it's great for us. In other cases, it comes back to bite us in the ass. That's just the way it goes.

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RE[2]: Where's the government?
by oper on Tue 4th Sep 2012 07:22 in reply to "RE: Where's the government?"
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you would be asking the government to do the impossible

Those "privacy policies" affect a lot of millions of people and they are abusive. For example, the government can declare them illegal.

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