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Microsoft Socl Privacy Statement

Last updated: July 2014

Microsoft is committed to protecting your privacy. This privacy statement applies to the data collected by Microsoft through the Microsoft Socl site ("Socl" or "the Service"); it does not apply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products, or services.

Socl is a service that shares content discovered or created by its users as a social activity. Socl users can see and share content posts made by other users while using the service.

Socl also enables application experiences; where additional content types, such as video and Blinks, can be shared to the users of Socl through the use of other applications. In addition to creation, Socl users are able to discover, explore and join additional content types created by others. Over time, other application types will be enabled.

Information about your use of the Service, including your searches, comments, tags, likes, and Video Party participation, may be viewed by other users of Socl and by the public.

We will share your information, such as your posts, comments, collections, likes, and Video Party participation with other Microsoft products and services, and with third parties. They may use this information for any purpose. Your Socl information will be associated with your Microsoft account or Facebook ID as described below; the data we share with other Microsoft products and services and third parties may include your Microsoft account username or Facebook ID.

Collection of Your Information

In order to participate in the Service, you will be asked to sign in with either your Facebook ID or Microsoft account.

If you sign in with your Facebook ID, the Service uses a unique identifier created from your Facebook ID, and this identifier is associated with data that Socl collects about your participation with the Service, such as comments you might leave or your likes. When you sign in, you will be asked if you want to let Socl access your Facebook profile information, including your name, Facebook ID, email, profile picture and Facebook friends who also use If you do not agree, you will not be able to use Socl using your Facebook ID as your sign-in. If you agree, Socl will save your name, Facebook ID and e-mail address, but not your Facebook friends.

If you sign in with your Microsoft account, you can use the same credentials to sign in to many different Microsoft sites and services, as well as those of select Microsoft partners that display the Microsoft account logo. By signing in on one Microsoft site or service, you may be automatically signed in when you visit other Microsoft sites and services. To learn more about how your credential information is used when you sign in to sites or services with your Microsoft account, please read the Microsoft account privacy statement at For information on the data processing practices of other sites or services, see the privacy statements for those sites or services.

Socl will save any search queries you perform to create posts containing what search results you select, what collections you create, and what links you share, and in order to associate your activities with your profile. Socl will also save information about your participation in Video Parties, including Video Parties you have created or joined, when you created or joined them, when you last left each Video Party, along with which videos you have added, skipped or re-ordered in those Video Parties.

Socl may collect other information about your use of the Service. For example, we may use Web site analytics tools to retrieve information from your browser, including the Web site you came from, the search engine(s) and the keywords you used to find our Service, the pages you view within the Service, your browser add-ons, and your browser's width and height. Additionally, we may collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every Web site you visit, such as your IP address, operating system, browser version, locale and language, access times and referring Web site addresses. In some cases, standard computer information may also include hardware ID, which indicates the device manufacturer, device name, and version of your device.

In order to offer you a more consistent and personalized experience in your interactions with Microsoft, information collected through one Microsoft service may be combined with information obtained through other Microsoft services. We may also supplement the information we collect with information obtained from other companies. For example, we may use services from other companies that enable us to derive a general geographic area based on your IP address in order to customize certain services to your geographic area.

Use of Your Information

The information collected by Socl will be used to operate Socl and to provide the service(s) or carry out the transaction(s) you have requested or authorized.

In support of these uses, we may also use your information to improve Microsoft products and services, perform statistical analysis, and make the Service easier to use by eliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the same information or by customizing the Service to your particular preferences or interests.

You will have the ability to publish your, or others’ Socl posts to your Facebook stream, Twitter stream, Tumblr blog, Pinterest stream or share via e-mail. Socl does not automatically publish to these services unless you choose this option.

We may also use your email address to provide you with important information about the Service, including critical updates and notifications. Socl will also use your email address to notify you when users interact with content you created or other information you’ve added such as your comments on or collection of your posts; invitations to a Video Party; invitations to participate in a collection; or acceptances of your invitation to join the system, unless you disable these features.

In addition, we may use your information, including your searches, comments, collections, likes, and Video Party participation, for any purpose, including commercial purposes.

Sharing of Your Information

By default, the information you post to Socl is shared publically, including the post itself, your name, avatar, comments, collections, likes, followers, other users you are following, and Video Party participation. Socl posts and collections are, by default, public and visible to all visitors of Socl. You may limit visibility of your posts and collections to other Socl users you select or only to yourself. Additionally, posts can be marked unlisted so they do not appear in the main Socl feed. These posts are accessible by anyone who has the direct URL to the post but are not discoverable by other users who browse the Socl site or use the Socl search functionality.

We may share your Socl information with other Microsoft products and services and with third parties for any purpose, including for commercial uses. When we share information with other Microsoft products and services and with third parties, we may also share your Facebook ID if you used it to sign in to Socl.

Except as described in this statement, we will not share your email address with third parties without your consent. We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as performing statistical analysis of our services or research that enables us to deliver new functionality, understand how the Service is used, and/or to improve the Service. We may provide those companies with information, including your email address, to enable these companies to deliver the Service, but they are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.

We may access, disclose and preserve your personal information, including your private content, when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to:
1. comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process from competent authorities, including from law enforcement or other government agencies;
2. protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone;
3. operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or
4. protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.

We may also disclose personal information as part of a corporate transaction such as a merger or sale of assets.

Location of Your Information

Personal information collected on Microsoft sites may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or service providers maintain facilities. Microsoft abides by the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Economic Area, and Switzerland. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view our certification, please visit

Control of Your Information

By default, Socl will notify you when users comment on or collect your posts; invite you to a Video Party; invite you to participate in a collection; or accept your invitation to join the system. You can change each of these notification preferences by clicking Settings from the top navigation bar. You will not, however, be able to unsubscribe from receiving mandatory service notifications, such as critical updates about the Service.

You can delete your Socl account by choosing an option on the Settings page. If you delete your account, it will end your participation in the Service. The Service will delete all information stored by Socl and associated with your account, including your email address and Socl’s records of your comments, likes, posts, collections, and Video Party participation. The data you have deleted, however, may persist in cached or backup copies of the Service. In addition, the data you have deleted may have been included in data sets shared with third parties. Deleting your data from Socl will not delete entries in previously shared data sets.

Your search queries will also continue to be stored by Bing in accordance with the Bing privacy statement discussed below, however, the searches stored on Bing will not be associated with your Socl user profile.

Please be aware that this privacy statement and any choices you make on the Service will not necessarily apply to personal information you may have provided to Microsoft in the context of research or other, separately operated, Microsoft products or services.

Bing Search

Socl uses Bing to provide search results and multi-language translations. Socl sends your search queries to Bing, but Bing does not associate those searches with your profile or other personal information. To learn more about how Bing handles information, see the Bing Privacy Statement at

Inviting Others to Join Socl

If you choose to invite friends to join Socl, Socl will collect and use the e-mail address(es) of the recipient(s) only as needed to complete the invitations. Your name will appear in the "from" line of the e-mail invitations. Neither you nor your friend(s) will receive further contact from Microsoft as a result of forwarding this mail.

Security of Your Information

We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer servers with limited access that are located in controlled facilities.

Use of Cookies

We may use cookies on the Service to enable you to sign in to our services or to help personalize the Service. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web server. Cookies contain information that can later be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. For example, if you personalize a Web page, or navigate within a site, a cookie helps the Service to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of delivering relevant content, eases site navigation, and so on. When you return to the Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Service's features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you are using Internet Explorer, search for "Cookies" in the Help menu to find detailed instructions. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to use interactive features of this or other Web sites that depend on cookies.


We do not knowingly collect information from users under the age of 13 unless a parent or guardian has provided their consent (e.g., where the parent has consented to the creation of a Microsoft account for the child).

Changes to this Privacy Statement

When we make changes to this statement, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of the privacy statement. We will notify you by directly sending you a notification in Socl. We encourage you to periodically review the privacy statement.

Contact Information

Microsoft welcomes your comments regarding this privacy statement. If you have questions about this statement or believe that we have not adhered to it, please contact us at

Microsoft Privacy - FUSE Labs
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399 USA

For more information, see the Microsoft Privacy Statement at