Passport is a single sign-in service that gives consumers a key for multiple websites. It is also the 'authentication layer' for Hotmail, Microsoft's free email service, and an upcoming service called Hailstorm, which will be one of the company's first applications in its new .Net initiative.
The agreement also pointed out that the terms do not apply to "documents, information, or other data that you upload, transmit or otherwise submit to or through any Passport-enabled properties".
The new, stricter agreement clarifies Microsoft's right to use customer communications only in the case of an exchange with the company. But the terms also make it clear that Passport's terms of service do not apply to other Microsoft services such as Hotmail.
"Why should I trust this company with managing all of my personal data? When I see terms of service that basically gives them control over my personal information and potentially the content of messages, that doesn't instil confidence or trust in me for their new service," she said.
With the new agreement, Jason Catlett of Junkbusters said that important alterations had been made. "They have retreated on the over-arching language and patched it to limit the language," he said.
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