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10.31.2005

Microsoft's laughable TOS

While upgrading my MSN Messenger, I actually read the Terms of Service (TOS), conveniently available online at .NET Messenger Terms of Use, Licenses, and Notices.

My personal favorite? Point #3 in this disclaiming paragraph:

"We consider your use of the Service, including the content of your communications, to be private. We do not routinely monitor your communications or disclose information about your communications to anyone. However, we may monitor your communications and disclose information about you, including the content of your communications, if we consider it necessary to: (1) comply with the law or to respond to legal process; (2) ensure your compliance with this contract; or (3) protect the rights, property, or interests of Microsoft, its employees, its customers, or the public."

Put another way, "We promise we won't monitor you, unless it serves our interests in some way."

Slick!

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