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Microsoft Research Project Colletta Privacy Statement

Last updated: December 2010

Microsoft is committed to protecting your privacy, while delivering software that brings you the performance, power, and convenience you desire in your personal computing. This privacy statement explains many of the data collection and use practices of Microsoft Research Project Colletta (“Project Colletta”). This is a preliminary disclosure that focuses on features that communicate with the Internet and is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

Project Colletta is an extension of the Windows user interface that supports lightweight management of your activities through tagging to help manage your tasks, activities and related resources. It allows you to tag documents, images, emails, web pages, and other items that are useful for performing a given task or activity. You can create tags that refer to activities, people, places, events, or anything that is helpful to you. You can even attach multiple tags to your documents. Project Colletta works with many of your productivity applications, so you can start tagging documents even if you haven't yet saved them. You can access all your activities and tagged resources either via the Project Colletta DeskBar application or via several application toolbars.

Collection and Use of Your Information

The information we collect from you will be used by Microsoft and its controlled subsidiaries and affiliates to enable the features you are using and provide the service(s) or carry out the transaction(s) you have requested or authorized. It may also be used to analyze and improve Microsoft products and services.

We may send certain service communications such as welcome letters, billing reminders, information on technical service issues, and security announcements. Some Microsoft services may send periodic member letters that are considered part of the service. We may occasionally request your feedback, invite you to participate in surveys, or send you promotional mailings to inform you of other products or services available from Microsoft and its affiliates.

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.

Except as described in this statement, personal information you provide will not be transferred to third parties without your consent. We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as packaging, sending and delivering purchases and other mailings, answering customer questions about products or services, processing event registration, or performing statistical analysis of our services. We will only provide those companies the personal information they need to deliver the service, and they are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.

Microsoft may access or disclose information about you, including the content of your communications, in order to: (a) comply with the law or respond to lawful requests or legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers, including the enforcement of our agreements or policies governing your use of the services; or (c) act on a good faith belief that such access or disclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of Microsoft employees, customers, or the public. We may also disclose personal information as part of a corporate transaction such as a merger or sale of assets.

Information that is collected by or sent to Microsoft by Project Colletta 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 safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland.

Collection and Use of Information about Your Computer

When you use software with Internet-enabled features, information about your computer ("standard computer information") is sent to the Web sites you visit and online services you use. Microsoft uses standard computer information to provide you Internet-enabled services, to help improve our products and services, and for statistical analysis. Standard computer information typically includes information such as your IP address, operating system version, browser version, and regional and language settings. In some cases, standard computer information may also include hardware ID, which indicates the device manufacturer, device name, and version. If a particular feature or service sends information to Microsoft, standard computer information will be sent as well.

The privacy details for each Project Colletta feature, software or service listed in this privacy statement describe what additional information is collected and how it is used.

Setup Reports for Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable Setup

What This Feature Does: If you choose to participate, each time you exit setup for any Visual Studio product, a report will be sent to Microsoft about all of your Visual Studio setup experiences.

Information Collected, Processed, or Transmitted: For more details on what information is collected, see the Visual Studio Setup Reports privacy statement at Visual Studio Setup.

Use of Information: We use the data collected in Setup Reports to improve our software. For more details on how information is used, see the Microsoft Visual Studio Setup Reports privacy statement at Visual Studio Privacy.

Choice/Control: To turn Setup Reports on or off, run the Setup wizard for any Visual Studio product and check or uncheck the “Yes, send information about my setup experiences to Microsoft Corporation” checkbox.

Enterprise customers can use Group Policy to configure how Setup Reports behave on their computers. Configuration options include the ability to completely turn off sending Setup Reports to Microsoft. If you are an administrator and wish to configure Setup Reports, technical details are available at Setup Details.

Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft SQL Server

Project Colletta includes Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2 (SP2). For information about controlling the Internet-enabled features in the SQL Server Compact 3.5, see SQL Server information.

Project Colletta includes Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime, Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Runtime Libraries, and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable. For information about controlling the Internet-enabled features in the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, see Visual Studio information.

Security of your information

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

Changes to this privacy statement

We will occasionally update this privacy statement to reflect changes in our products, services, and customer feedback. When we post changes, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of this statement. If there are material changes to this statement or in how Microsoft will use your personal information, we will notify you either by posting a notice of such changes prior to implementing the change or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to periodically review this statement to be informed of how Microsoft is protecting your information.

For More Information

This disclosure only covers basic interactions in Project Colletta. For more information about Microsoft privacy practices, see Privacy

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 here.

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