These highlights of the full Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Privacy Statement (“Windows Privacy Statement”) explain at a high level some of the data collection and use practices of Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (“Windows”). They focus on features that communicate with the Internet and aren't intended to be an exhaustive description. They don't apply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products, or services.
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Certain Windows features may ask you for permission to collect or use your personal information.
Additional information about these features and how they use your personal information is in the full Windows Privacy Statement, as well as in the
Features Supplement and the
Some Windows features allow you, with your permission, to share personal information over the Internet.
If you choose to register your software, you'll be asked to provide personal information.
Windows offers you a variety of ways to control how Windows features transfer information over the Internet.
Some features that use the Internet are turned on by default to make Windows work better.
Information about how to control these features is in the
Features Supplement and the
We use the information collected to enable the features you're using or provide the services you request. We also use it to improve our products and services. In order to help provide our services, we occasionally provide information to other companies that work on our behalf. Only companies who have a business need to use the information are provided access to them. These companies are required to keep this information confidential and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.
Windows requires activation to reduce software piracy and help ensure that our customers receive the software quality they expect. Microsoft doesn't use the information collected by activation to identify or contact you.
This privacy statement has four sections:
Highlights (this page)
Statement, which is the full Windows Privacy Statement that includes links for Windows features that have their own standalone statements
Features Supplement, which describes the features that have privacy impact in Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate
Server Supplement, which describes the additional features that have privacy impact in Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.
For more information on how to help protect your personal computer, your personal information, and your family online, visit our Safety and Security Center.
For more information about our privacy practices, go to the full Windows Privacy Statement. Or, you can write to us using our web form.