Privacy Statement Highlights for the 2007 Microsoft Office system

Last updated: February 2007


Personal Information

This notice provides highlights of the full privacy statement for the 2007 Microsoft Office system and is intended to explain many of its data collection and use practices. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. It does not apply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products, or services.

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  • Certain Microsoft Office system features will ask you to provide personal information. Some of this personal information may be included in Office documents in the form of metadata.

  • Some Office features allow you to share personal information over the Internet.

  • If you choose to register for online services on Office Online, you will be asked to provide personal information.

  • We use cookies and other technologies to keep track of your interactions with our sites and services to offer a personalized experience.

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Your Choices

Uses of Information

  • In Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, you can use the Document Inspector to remove metadata from your documents. For information on removing metadata in other other Office programs, read the full privacy statement, including the supplement, for that Office program.

  • You can choose whether to use or disable features of Office which transfer personal information over the Internet.

  • You can choose to disable any feature that will contact the Internet.

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  • We use the information transferred to Microsoft to enable the features you are using or provide the services you request. We also use it to improve our products and services. If you choose to register, we use your personal information to personalize your experience. With your permission we also use your personal information to tell you about new features and product releases.

  • The metadata stored in documents is used to help you collaborate with others on your documents.

  • In order to help provide our services, we occasionally provide information to other companies that work on our behalf. These companies are required to keep this information confidential and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.

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Important Information

How to contact us

  • Microsoft Office programs require activation to reduce software piracy and help ensure our customers receive the software quality they expect. Activation does not require customers to give out any personal information.

  • The full privacy statement contains links to supplementary information about specific Office programs.

  • For more information on how to help protect your personal computer, your personal information and your family online, visit the Security at home: protect your family Web site.

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