Microsoft Research Applications for the Office Store Privacy Statement

Last updated: February 2013

Microsoft is committed to protecting your privacy, while delivering software that brings you the performance, power and convenience you desire in your mobile device and services. This privacy statement describes the data collection and use practices of Microsoft Research software and services (“Research Applications”) created for Microsoft Office Store. It focuses on features that communicate with the Internet and that take
advantage of features and capabilities of Office.  It does not apply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products or services.

Collection and Use of Your Information
As part of your use of Research Applications and related services, we will collect some information from you in order to enable the features you are using and provide the service(s) or carry out the transaction(s) you have requested or authorized. Information we receive may also be used to analyze and improve Microsoft products and services unless more limited purposes are specified for a feature in the Specific Features section below. Certain information we collect from you is used for displaying content customized to your interests and preferences. Some information we collect may be used at Microsoft Research for further research in software development, in collaboration with other academic researchers. Any information used for research purposes at Microsoft Research will not include any data that personally identifies you or your device.

Some Research Applications use application analytics tools to gather data about application performance and the features you use, such as which buttons you press and how often, the quantity of data processed, and how long you use the application. We also collect information about how each is set up and performing. This data is not stored with any information that personally identifies you or allows us to contact you. Typically, application analytics are enabled by default.

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.

How We Communicate with You
We may send certain mandatory service communications for Research Applications or for Office Store products and services, such as welcome letters, information on technical service issues, and security announcements to the email address you provided for password resets when creating your Microsoft Account. Depending on your location, you may also have the opportunity to receive periodic communications about Office Store products, services, events and surveys. You can follow the instructions in communications you receive to unsubscribe from future communications.

Information Shared with Others
Except as described in this privacy statement, your personal information 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 Storage and Transfer
Information that is collected by or sent to Microsoft by Research Applications or the Office Store 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.

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 make changes, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of the privacy statement. If there are material changes to the privacy 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 privacy statement to be informed of how Microsoft is protecting your information.

For More Information/Access Requests
Microsoft welcomes your comments regarding this privacy statement. If you have questions about this statement, believe that we have not adhered to it, or want to request access to the personal information we've collected, please contact us at, or by using the contact information provided below.

Microsoft Privacy
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, Washington 98052

For privacy information specific to Microsoft Office, please visit the Office Privacy Statement.