Microsoft: Lets Banhammer Loose on SkyDrive – MS RespondsJuly 22, 2012 8 Comments
Recently there has been a huge fuss made over the privacy of Skydrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service. A story was publicized by Neowin that a man was kicked out of all his Microsoft services because of what he stored on Skydrive violated their code of conduct. Is seems that Microsoft’s rules on Skydrive go further than even US laws and with their own PhotoDNA project. They might be using a tweaked version since PhotoDNA is meant to spot child pornography and probably utilizing it to spot any nudity at all among other things that break their strict code of conduct.
Microsoft replied to Neowin‘s article with the statement below:
With 60 million SkyDrive customers in more than 100 countries, Microsoft works hard to keep SkyDrive available around the world as the trusted place for people to store personal data. In order to do this, we’ve built SkyDrive to respect the privacy of our users while also ensuring it is not used for illegal activity – such as the distribution of child pornography.
As a general practice, we do not comment on internal processes; however, we have strict internal policies in place to limit access to a user’s data, and we have advanced mechanisms to ensure users abide by our Code of Conduct. For example, we pioneered automated scanning for child pornography through the PhotoDNA project – now used by other industry leaders.
Any content we find to be in violation of our Code of Conduct is subject to removal – and in rare cases, can lead to temporary or permanent shutdown of an account.
We understand no system is perfect. That’s why we are constantly improving our ability to ensure the privacy, security and availability of our user’s data around the world.
Is this a violation of our privacy? I personally don’t think so as I think as long as you have a bit of common sense you’ll be fine.
What do you guys think?