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I was checking my Hotmail today, and before I could reach my account, I was asked to sign what they refer to as “The Agreements“. Being the curious sort, of course I read them first.

from the MSN Service Agreement...

We consider your use of the Service, including the content of your communications, to be private. We do not routinely monitor your communications or disclose information about your communications to anyone. However, to the maximum extent permitted by law, we may monitor your communications and may disclose information about you, including contents of communications, if we deem it necessary to: (1) conform to legal requirements or respond to legal process; (2) ensure your compliance with this contract; or (3) protect the rights, property, or interests of Microsoft, its employees, its customers, or the public.

Ok, now item (1) I understand. But item (2) and (3) scare the hell out of me. I suppose they shouldn't since I know I'm doing nothing wrong, but who is to say how they justify their enforcement. Looks like I'll be phasing out my Hotmail account a little quicker than I thought. That kinda sucks...

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 2:12 PM General Interest | Back to top

Comments on this post: new from Microsoft: The "Agreements"

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Would you like a gmail invite? If so shoot me an email at Juan.Barbatos AT
Left by JuanBarbatos on May 11, 2005 2:46 PM

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LOL no thanks, I still have 50ish that I can't get rid of. I love me Gmail, yes I do.
Left by Chris on May 11, 2005 2:51 PM

# re: new from Microsoft: The "Agreements"
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I totally agree, these so called "Agreements" really get inside the skin sometimes.
Left by Vijay shankar ganesh K on May 11, 2005 3:12 PM

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I know most of it is legalese, but still...
Left by Chris on May 11, 2005 3:32 PM

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