Microsoft released a clarified version of its new policy on user data on Monday, reports The New York Times. The updated version makes it explicitly clear that the company will not use private user information it collects to target advertising, something that rival Google is well known for doing.
"One thing we don’t do is use the content of our customers’ private communications and documents to target advertising."
The company's action comes in response to a letter from Representative Edward J. Markey, which cited an earlier NYT article that pointed out that Microsoft's updated user data policy left a lot of room for the company to use the data as it pleased. The wording in the Microsoft Services Agreement published on October 19th gave the company leeway to use information collected from personal communication services like email, search, and instant messaging for advertising purposes. Microsoft publicly denied that it would do so, but now it has updated the service agreement with more explicit language. "One thing we don’t do is use the content of our customers’ private communications and documents to target advertising," noted the company.