Microsoft has changed the terms and conditions for its online services to allow it to reuse data, documents and photos submitted by customers in order to improve all services, not just the service that collected that content.
Until now, Microsoft’s service agreement for offerings including cluding Hotmail, Office.com and cloud storage platform SkyDrive has stated that the company can use content uploaded by the customer “solely to the extent necessary to provide the service”.
As of October, however, a new services agreement will allow it to use content to “provide, protect and improve” all “Microsoft products and services”.
Microsoft says the update will allow it to use information from emails, chats or photos to help detect and protect against spam or malware, or to add new features to services.
In the amended services agreement, Microsoft states that the full range services covered by the agreement include Hotmail, SkyDrive, Microsoft account, Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft Photo gallery, Microsoft Movie Maker, Microsoft Mail Desktop, Bing, MSN and Office.com.
However, EU justice commissioner said that she believed the changes broke EU law.