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Microsoft: Lets Banhammer Loose on SkyDrive – MS Responds

July 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?



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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Johnson/100000976742844 Bill Johnson

    I’m glad MS is screening for this kind of trash and fully support their efforts. It is most defintely not a violation of my rights.

    • Anonymous

      You know it’s not just about child porn, right?

  • Anonymous

    I am currently transferring my files, except my music, to DropBox.

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  • Ano666

    It depends what else they look for. For example if you have some MP3’s for Live Streaming on your Account do they check the filenames because the Music Industry is make them doing it and they think these are not bought and suspending your complete account for SkyDrive, Live, Xbox, Windows 8, Windows Phone, etc. then this is huge for me and I’m really thinking about it.

    In the past everyone was against Cloud because of Security issues, etc. but this just puts another big gravestone on Cloud in general. So instead of going forward many people will again think of going backward again.

    • Ano666

      I just deleted all my Comic Book Files and Music because of this new unsecurity 🙁

  • Ano666

    Also what if I have some comments in my Microsoft OneNote Notes which I share between my Notebook and Windows Phone? Will they suspend it as soon as a word hits their algorithm?

    That could mean I will lose all my Notes (which I really use for everything now) just because some algorithm found something inappropriate in your Notes…

  • Painter in training

    Does that include my art and anatomy books? Because they feature lots of nudity just so I can learn how to draw a decent human.

    A dick- and tits-searching program can’t tell the difference between reference materials and pure porn.

    It’s not the body itself that is offensive but what culture is currently viewing it. I live in bloody Sweden, sexuality isn’t offensive (but murder is).

    Stop having extremist christian ideals in my international service. Science please!

    My fellow artists and painters, stick to Dropbox.

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