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Last week we reported on Microsoft snooping around in a Hotmail account. It claimed a right to do so based on its Terms of Service.

Not any more. In response to public outrage, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith announced:

“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”

They’re even changing their Terms of Service.

Listen up Google. People take this stuff seriously. The corporate “You” might want to think about clarifying your company’s terms of service. Do they allow Google to open up and read my Gmail account’s greatest hits?

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Mark Rabine

Mark Rabine has lived in the Mission for over 40 years. "What a long strange trip it's been."

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