Microsoft changing Xbox Live Terms of Use

As part of update, users must agree to allow Microsoft to share their name, address, email, and date of birth with app partners.

Microsoft has announced an update for its Xbox Live Terms of Use (TOU) that covers what data the company can share with partners that publish applications, like ESPN or Netflix, that require a separate user account.

"If you choose to link this account with your Xbox Live account, we confirm key data points across the accounts by sharing data such as your name, address, email address, and date of birth with the partner," Microsoft said. "In this TOU update, customers agree to allow Microsoft to share this information in this manner."

Microsoft's current Xbox Live TOU, effective July 2013, states that the company can share certain personal data points with partners, though the updated TOU appears to broaden this.

The new Xbox Live TOU also addresses account security. Microsoft's new terms ask users to commit to keeping their contact information up to date and secure.

"Protecting your account from unauthorized access and fraud is a top priority for us. It helps keep Xbox Live safer and more secure for everyone," Microsoft said.

Microsoft also advised users to make sure their account security proofs are valid and accessible. The updated Xbox Live TOU will roll out later this week.

Microsoft said earlier this month that, "We do not collect information to share or sell. You are fully in control of your personal data. Your privacy is important to us."

The Xbox One launches on November 22 for $500.

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599 comments
john1912
john1912

This site has the worst trolls or the stupidest people.  OMG guys!  If you sign up with a third party through live, they will give them your information! Oh shit really O.o? These are also the SAME conditions Sony uses! GASP! Sony is JUST as bad as MS! But lets all continue to not even read the article and hate on M$ because its trendy!

wickedsc300
wickedsc300

Seriously fuck you MS, don't give my information to Netfl........oh wait never mind they already have my information, lol.  This is a non issue.  

phil_75
phil_75

And here we go with the truth!

M$ will sell your data to everyone, prepare to be bombared with spam texts and emails lol

Col Farrell
Col Farrell

Microsoft how'd you like to see my balls? you can share that image with your partners you pricks.

Juho Pekka Olavi Martti
Juho Pekka Olavi Martti

I wonder when they update their terms in a way that allows me to accept them and log back on to the account I used for 5 years...

moesuir
moesuir

so MS is going to authenticate my personal data with companies who "ALREADY HAVE" my personal data. Oh boy, this is horrible news, get the pitchforks!

Dear lord, the Sonyfans are so incredibly pathetic. I'm not even joking, they are pathetic.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I registered to Xbox Live using an Outlook.com email address. I don't check it. It's just there so that I have a Microsoft account. So if they send me promotions, I'll never know about it. Doesn't make this sharing of information better, but it lessens the impact on me.

djmellowd
djmellowd

This is nothing new, SONY does it too!!! What do you have to hide people, if you do sex just turn it off or put something on it :)

Martyr77
Martyr77

I have a 360 but I am done with MS. No Xbox One. No spy camera.....errr Kinect. Seriously they charge us to use their online (which should be free) and then sell our information for marketing. SERIOUSLY?

bj91x
bj91x

Name, address, date of birth, AND email address? Wow... And at a time when people are upset with their internet privacy intrusions...

What's next, cell phone numbers? Would you like to share my credit card number, too? How about forcing me to input my social security number? I guess Kinect has my face covered.

Good thing I'm going with Xbox None.

gam3r80
gam3r80

I think American consumers should do something about their privacy being violated like that, well, at least say something, why the hell would MS and other companies wanna know xbox720p's users by name?

NeoBillbine
NeoBillbine

Nice, way to sell out your use base.

tightwad34
tightwad34

After the whole reversal thing I remember they said you only need internet to set up the system. Does this only include that, or do you actually have to have it for longer periods while all your info is getting shared? The digital only future is pretty fucked up, so far.....

gam3r80
gam3r80

I guess MS loves it's xbox live users so much it wants to know them by name lol

Baz Beale
Baz Beale

Ps+ bruce now that is value...try arguing that fucker

hystavito
hystavito

General location and age are one thing, but full name and address I feel goes too far.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Expect more of this, idiots who will buy an Xbox One.  A few months after you get it, there'll be a TOU update sharing your Kinect data with advertising partners, and then another one 6 months after relinquishing all rights on your digital games.

Just like Microsoft wanted all along.  Oh, you thought they were "listening"?  Hahahhahahahahahahaha you'll get what you deserve.

Dick_Solomon
Dick_Solomon

i think ill pass on this water cooler, this company has done so many backflips and front flips im just tired of it. think ill go cancle my pre order water cooler 1 and use the rest for my ps4 order

Zloth2
Zloth2

I see, so they are using this to confirm that the account you're linking up with really is another one of your own accounts.  Thing is, none of these companies has any business knowing my exact birth date so I've been lying to them for eons.  Street addresses are notorious for being just about impossible to match up, too (one place may have "123 4th St.", another may have "123 Fourth St", another may have "123 Fourth Street"... ).

awarriorg
awarriorg

Oh Gamespot, what have you done...again.

R083R70
R083R70

I'm just glad to see so many big companies are genuinely interested in my interests and me on a personal level, makes me feel understood and special.



Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

Wow. It's been 13 years since I bought a Sony gaming system. The streak has ended. Microsoft is like an abusive partner that wants to see how much you can take and daring you to leave them. I'm out. I have no trust left in this company. They will turn on a dime. I feel sorry for everyone who buys this system thinking they won't be screwed one way or another. Good luck.

Bruce S Benzing
Bruce S Benzing

lol Sony guys state numbers and details, from where> Sony'com. The Sony fanboys continue to spew out hyperbole and made up facts to act like they have a clue.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@john1912 Not mention that most of those services already have that info when you did the sign up, or free trial or whatever anyway. I love that people think this data isn't already being pinballed around the net every time you do something or sign up to a site, newsletter, etc etc.

wickedsc300
wickedsc300

@phil_75 Is that is true why has no one sued the fuck out of MS?  Because they don't SELL your information.  

noandno
noandno

@moesuir You're okay by giving you address to M$ and friends?

bigbadpoppaj
bigbadpoppaj

Bro you can unplug the kinect now so drop the conspiracy bs

john1912
john1912

@Martyr77 Have fun paying for online with the PS4 cuz they charge now too!

djmellowd
djmellowd

@Martyr77 I guess you are not buying any console because PS4 will spy on you as well :)

calamityo
calamityo

@Martyr77  

Most companies do this already. And this is surprising to you?.

calamityo
calamityo

@bj91x  

Hate to break it to you. But companies already do this. In fact sign up for a Yahoo account and they do ask for your cell / mobile number. Same with Google.  

calamityo
calamityo

@hystavito  

When I signed up for PSN. They asked me the same thing. Why?. Most companies do these. Why are gamers / Sony fans are acting like it's a shocking revelation?. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Thanatos2k Come on man, I am by no means a fanboy of anything, but you don't need to be like that. Would you like it if someone said that about your beloved console or anything else of choice?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Zloth2 Pssst.  Ever use a credit card?  You can't lie about the billing address.  They know that too.

Weatherby_
Weatherby_

@Bruce S Benzing

I guess Sony fans are to blame for MS sharing your personal information?

wickedsc300
wickedsc300

@noandno @moesuir They already have it moron.  And yes i'm ok with it, I doubt Netflix is going to come burn my house down.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@calamityo @bj91x They're not selling or sharing it though, they only use it for password recovery.  It says so in their privacy policies.

Microsoft has said straight up it's sharing it with partners.

calamityo
calamityo

@Thanatos2k

And your point being is?. You have to do that when you're buying stuff on line anyway., 

bj91x
bj91x

Exactly. You don't HAVE to give them your phone number. It's just an optional security feature. Though I wouldn't doubt that there are other companies that do sell my information like MS is trying to do.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Thanatos2k I am not going to hate on any Console, PC, or gadget of any kind. Everyone has their preferences and I'll respect that. I do agree that MS isn't making the best choices, but I'm not going to laugh at people because they want to get an Xbone.