For more than a decade, Microsoft has invested in a comprehensive privacy program that sets the foundation for our efforts to responsibly manage our customers’ data. An important part of our privacy commitment is that we evolve our policies and practices to address the changes in technology and customer expectations. Earlier today, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith announced a change to Microsoft’s privacy practices to further enhance our privacy commitments.
Effective immediately, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property from Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required.
I encourage you to click through to Brad’s post to read the full details of this change and learn how we’re actively partnering with advocacy groups and other key stakeholders to discuss how to best address consumer privacy needs in the technology landscapes of today and tomorrow.