• warcaster

    Here’s your #1 mistake. Your assumed Microsoft has EVER had high-ground on Google in terms of privacy. They never did. Maybe Microsoft never had such advanced data mining algorithms as Google, but in terms of protecting your privacy, and abusing your privacy through their own employees like they’ve done it now, they’ve been a lot worse than Google. Starting from being the first company to join PRISM and have “team play” with the NSA, to not using encryption on their services, or later on PFS, or encryption between their email servers, and so on.

    Also, if tech writers would’ve paid attention, they would’ve seen Microsoft’s ToS for their cloud services is just as bad if not worse than Google’s. So lesson for next time: just because a company puts out an add trashing their competitors, doesn’t make them any better.

  • http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    You have so little information about those NSA programs you really don’t need to embarrass yourself with such faulty logic. Danny is merely pointing out that Microsoft has now publicly outed itself for doing what it has accused Google of doing (sort of).

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Well, actually I never made that assumption. And yes, I know exactly the issues with the terms of service and, in fact, have written them before:

    http://marketingland.com/microsoft-privacy-change-google-attacked-23598
    http://marketingland.com/eu-microsoft-privacy-28989

  • PStrohm

    They are microsoft.

    microsoft and hypocrite are synonymous.

  • cipnrkorvo

    It’s good at least that Microsoft is saying they won’t do this again. Still I think it’s not enough: they should be totally transparent about everything, including tell its users if the government does a data request.

    The EFF made a nice list of sites that protect or don’t protect your privacy (including Microsoft and Google), based on different criteria. You can find it here https://www.eff.org/who-has-your-back-2013.

    Of course Microsoft will be less well rated in the 2014 report, since they crossed the line now by cheating their users. It’s interesting to see Google isn’t that bad. They would just need to tell its users about government data requests, in order to gain people’s trust. All in all, Twitter has the best privacy. Too bad they don’t have an email service.