And, if YES, why for you not tell the rest of us…? *wry grin*
Although I am SURE I have read this in the past, (only because I THINK I have an account… not sure if it’s hotmail, or what they mean, but that isn’t important…right now, anyway), but I am relearning Excel. (When you don’t do something for a long time, you tend to forget the short-cuts and rules etc…). To do one (or any, I suppose) of the tutorials (which, BTW are a JOKE!) you need to agree with this agreement, or, as always, don’t use the products.
Okay, as ALWAYS I read (want to put ‘red’ LOL) the agreement, and, as always I don’t understand it. Basically, most of these agreements say, (my words), “We promise to offer you this fantastic product completely at your own risk. Agree or don’t use.”
Reading, I was stopped DEAD in my tracks… (okay, so my butt made a deeper groove in the seat), by the following: (Torn to shreds by me, but left intact in each point form. IE: RED = my comment; BOLDING = I did it; their words.)
Microsoft services agreement
Excerpted from Microsoft Services Agreement. Click here for entire agreement.
3.3. What does Microsoft do with my content? When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services. For example, we may occasionally use automated means to isolate information from email, chats, or photos in order to help detect and protect against spam and malware, or to improve the services with new features that makes them easier to use. When processing your content, Microsoft takes steps to help preserve your privacy.
(GRANTED MOST VIRUS PROGRAMS ISOLATE INFO TO DIVERT TO CORRECT BOXES, BUT THEY ARE NOT USING THE CONTENT FOR THEIR BENEFIT.)
3.4. Does Microsoft have voice enabled services? Yes. If you use voice enabled services, you consent to Microsoft recording and collecting your voice input. The voice input will be used to provide the voice enabled services to you and improve Microsoft products and services. Microsoft won’t use your voice input for any other purpose.
(WHAT OTHER PURPOSE IS THERE?)
3.5. What type of content isn’t permitted? Content that violates this agreement (which includes the Microsoft Anti-Spam Policy and the Microsoft Code of Conduct) or your local law isn’t permitted on the services. Microsoft reserves the right to review content for the purpose of enforcing this agreement. Microsoft may block or otherwise prevent delivery of any type of email, instant message, or other communication to or from the services as part of our effort to protect the services or our customers, or otherwise enforce the terms of this agreement.
5.1. Does Microsoft collect my personal information? Your privacy is important to us. We use certain information that we collect from you to operate and provide the services. Additionally, as part of the services, we may also automatically upload information about your machine, your use of the services, and services performance. We may use technologies, such as placing cookies on your machine, to help us gather such information. Please read the Microsoft Online Privacy Statement to learn how we use and protect your information.
(LONG WINDED WAY OF SAYING “YES, WE COLLECT AND USE YOUR INFO FOR OUR BENEFIT.”)
5.2. Does Microsoft disclose my personal information outside of Microsoft? You consent and agree that Microsoft may access, disclose, or preserve information associated with your use of the services, including (without limitation) your personal information and content, or information that Microsoft acquires about you through your use of the services (such as Internet Protocol address or other third-party information) when Microsoft forms a good faith belief that doing so is necessary (a) to comply with applicable law or to respond to legal process from competent authorities; (b) to enforce this agreement or protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers; or (c) to help prevent a loss of life or serious physical injury to anyone.
(AN EVEN LONGER WINDED WAY OF SAYING “YES, WE DISCLOSE YOUR INFO FOR OUR BENEFIT.”)
13. You may be able to access third-party websites or services via the services. Microsoft isn’t responsible for third-party websites, services, or content available through those third-party services. You are solely responsible for your dealings with third-parties (including advertisers). Your use of third-party websites or services may be subject to that third-party’s terms and conditions.
(SO, EVEN THOUGH MS STEERS YOU TO THESE SITES VIA ‘HELP’, THEY TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM BEING SPAMMY-MALWARE FILLED HACKING SITES; BUT PLEASE, “TRUST US (MS)…”)
And I thought e-mail was PRIVATE. And that those sites I’m diverted to, via the HELP MENU INSIDE MICROSOFT’S OWN PROGRAMS, were safe.
Apparently, as with everything else on the internet, they (MS) make it work, kinda, then they (MS) tout it as the greatest thing since humankind appeared, then they (MS) exploits every tiny crevasse of it. THEN, (and ONLY then) do they (MS) actually check to see if it works properly. And when it doesn’t? That’s OUR fault. We downloaded/purchased a product that wasn’t ready. But the next one is coming out with better and greater and it’ll work more… we (MS) promise.
Getting back to the agreement (yeah, but conversation never lags…*smirk*).
I thought e-mail was sacrosanct. That reading it without approval (or court order) was akin to opening my snail-mail and punishment would be as if they (the ‘post office’) opened or read the contents of something directly addressed to me.
I guess because MS warned me they are going to be disseminating my mail, it’s okay for them to do so. I’ve given my permission by continuing to use their service. Apparently. Gotta wonder the fun they’re going to have reading the next few e-mails I send… (Wonder how soon before ‘Homeland’ pays me a visit? LOL!)
It does bug me. What I write in an e-mail is for the other person (and whom they chose to share it with) not for a third-party to intercept and DECIDE or decipher, the meaning of. MS has NO IDEA of the context of my message. If I write about checking if the poison will kill a person in so-and-so many minutes or if so much Nitro is enough to take out a city block, or if the code sounds familiar; they will instantly assume I am up-to-no-good.
Out of context, even I will admit it looks suspicious. But then, I’m not expecting someone who isn’t the recipient of my note to intercept it. I know the expert at the other end will understand I am plotting a devious crime and need to be sure of my facts before the crime reveals itself deep within the pages of my novel. MS’s ‘algorithms’ most likely won’t.
Understand, that is.
How many people does it take to disseminate the quadrillion-babillion e-mails sent daily? And turn them into logistical opportunities for law enforcement? And how many false-positives? Versus positive, concrete evidence that leads to a larger conspiracy and valuable arrests? BEFORE they’ve (cops) identified the players?? There’s GOT to be an easier (& more accurate) way.
I understand threats etc…
The terrorists HAVE won.
We’re told ALL the time, “We won’t negotiate with terrorists.”
No, they won’t. Why? Because the terrorists have already won.
We hide; we change our laws and security measures; we suspect everyone of everything; we profile; we err on the side of caution; we avoid places and people; we assume bad, without hesitation; we lose. We lose because while the world is a big beautiful place, it’s turned into and ugly cesspool of doubt.
I have to divert this information into a novel… except I think it’s been done to death…
I hope I made some sense…
PS: Remember me when the proverbial poop flies too close to the cooling apparatus… *giggles*
- Microsoft Office 365: More new packages and prices coming in November (directoffice365.wordpress.com)