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[–] ITACHI 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

So if I don't use a MS account, they'll stop spying on me?

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[–] jnr 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

There's no guarantee what they'll do. To be fair, the snippet quoted from the privacy policy includes some conditions, like abiding by legal request to disclose the information. But they also include language that's vague like, "enforcing the terms governing the use of the services."

How does Microsoft enforce the terms by looking at your private data? How do they know they need to look at the data? Do they just randomly check to see if people are using the software correctly? What is the mechanism they use to look at this data?

The policy in an of itself is not limited to Microsoft accounts, so local accounts have just as much potential to be spied on.

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[–] FPSFairy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I imagine reserving the right to access your info to fulfil legal demands is pretty run of the mill for a TOS of any kind of service/program that'd let you store data. I'm still not thrilled that capability exists, but it's not as if they're going to be rooting through everyone's files for the hell of it.