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Microsoft Location Finder Statement
(last updated: June 2005)
Microsoft is committed to protecting your privacy. This privacy statement applies to the Microsoft Location Finder product (“Location Finder”) and its online service; it does not apply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products or services.
Collection of Personal Information
Location Finder uses the wireless access points visible to your computer to determine your location.
In online mode, information about the access points will be sent to Microsoft and the online Location Finder service will determine your location. This information includes the signal strengths and basic service set identifiers (BSSID) of these access points.
In offline mode, the Microsoft Location Finder product installed on your system will determine your location. Your location information will not be sent to Microsoft.
Location Finder will periodically contact Microsoft to check for product updates when you are in online mode and attempting to determine your location. Microsoft will send the current version information back to Location Finder and if there is an update available from Microsoft, Location Finder will give the user a choice to download and install the update. If you consent to the update, the update will be downloaded and installed on your computer.
If you use the online Location Finder service or periodically check for updates, we may collect anonymous information about your usage of the product, including version number, features used, and application settings to help improve the product. We may also collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times and referring Web site addresses.
Use of Personal Information
The information sent to Microsoft is used to operate the product and to provide the service(s) or carry out the transaction(s) you have requested or authorized, such as determining your location.
In support of these uses, Microsoft may use the information collected to provide you with more effective customer service, to improve Location Finder and any related Microsoft products or services, and to make Location Finder easier to use by eliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the same information or by customizing Location Finder to your particular preference or interests.
We may use your information to provide you with important information about the product or service that you are using, including critical updates and notifications. Additionally, with your permission, we may send you information about other Microsoft products and services, and/or share information with Microsoft partners so they may send you information about their products and services.
Security of Personal Information
Microsoft is committed to protecting the security of information collected by Microsoft Location Finder. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the information we collect on computer servers with limited access that are located in controlled facilities.
When we transmit your location information over the Internet, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
Changes to this Privacy Statement
We may occasionally update this privacy statement. When we do, we will also revise the "last updated" date at the top of the privacy statement. For material changes to this privacy statement, we will notify you either by placing a prominent notice on the home page of our web site or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the information we collect. Your continued use of the service constitutes your agreement to this privacy statement and any updates.
Microsoft welcomes your comments regarding this privacy statement. If you have questions about this statement or believe that we have not adhered to it, please contact us:
Or send mail to:
Microsoft Location Finder
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399