A new ‘privacy dashboard’ link, included in the Security and Privacy section of Microsoft’s account admin page is a new initiative by Microsoft to bring together its service agreements and privacy policies and make it available in a simple way, in a singular document or page.
The new privacy dashboard provides users the ability to:
- Choose what specific web applications and services can use their information
- Opt in or out of personalized advertisements
- Customizing their user experience on Bing search
- Moderate marketing emails sent via Email by Microsoft.
“In an effort to further simplify the terms and policies for our customers, we’re updating the Microsoft Services Agreement and the Microsoft Privacy Statement effective Aug. 1 to reflect our latest services in a more streamlined format,” said Horacio Gutiérrez, Deputy General Counsel at Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft, in a blog post.
The changes, according to Microsoft were also aimed at making “straightforward terms and policies that people can easily understand.” The revamped Microsoft Services agreement starts in effect on August 1 and covers a vast majority of the tech giant’s consumer services that include Bing, Outlook.com, Xbox Live, Cortana and more.
New clauses in the Services Agreement that are in line and are increasingly of the norm with popular, mainstream tech companies such as Amazon, Netflix and more are also present. For instance, the new customer services agreement still contains a clause in dispute resolution wherein users are prohibited in bringing forward class action lawsuits. The agreement states that individual disputes are required to be bought forward through small claims court or arbitration.
Microsoft’s approach to customer privacy has not changed, according to the company.