Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

Last Updated: November, 2011

At Microsoft, we're working hard to protect your privacy while delivering products that bring you the performance, power, and convenience you desire in your personal computing. This privacy statement for the Internet Explorer Platform Preview (“Platform Preview”) focuses on features that communicate with the Internet, explains how those features collect your data, and describes the way that data is used. It does not apply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products, or services.

The Platform Preview is designed to gather developer feedback about new or modified features that may or may not be included in future versions of the full Windows Internet Explorer product. You may use this software to test and interact with websites on your intranet or on the Internet. The Platform Preview is not a full version of Internet Explorer and it does not replace the full version of Internet Explorer installed on your system. It shares certain default and customized settings with the full version of the product. You must open the full version of Internet Explorer installed on your system to modify, access, or change common settings and data, as described below.

Since the Platform Preview relies on certain features present in the full version of Internet Explorer installed on your system, you should read the Internet Explorer 10 Privacy Statement at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/internet-explorer-10-privacy-statement to understand the privacy impact of shared features. The Internet Explorer Platform Preview has certain features that may impact or help you to protect your privacy. The sections below describe some of these features.

Internet Basics

Whenever you use the Internet, or software with Internet-enabled features, information about your computer ("standard computer information") is sent to the websites you visit and online services you use. Standard computer information includes your computer's IP address, browser type and language, access times, and referring website addresses. This information might be logged on those sites' web servers. Which information is logged and how that information is used depends on the privacy practices of the websites you visit and web services you use.

Web browsing features that store data

Controlling Cookies

What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a website. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a website or web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. A cookie is often used to personalize your visit to a website or to save you time. For example, to facilitate a purchase the cookie could contain shopping cart information such as your current selection, as well as contact information such as your name or e-mail address. To help websites track individual visitors, cookies often contain a unique identifier. It is up to the website that created the cookie to disclose to you what information is stored in the cookie and how that information is used.

Blocking Cookies
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. If you decide to block one or more cookies, the websites that use them might not function correctly. For example, if you do not allow cookies at all, you might not be able to view some websites or take advantage of customization features (such as local news and weather, or stock quotes). If you decide to block all cookies, you can use Internet Options provided by the full version of Internet Explorer to modify your browser settings for cookies.

  1. Open the full version of Internet Explorer installed on your system.
  2. In the full version of Internet Explorer, click the Tools button, click Internet Options, and then click the Privacy tab.
  3. Move the slider up to Block All Cookies. On this setting, websites will not be able to store cookies on your computer.

Removing Old Cookies
Cookies previously saved to your hard disk can still be read unless you remove them. To remove all of your existing cookies:

  1. Open the full version of Internet Explorer installed on your system.
  2. In the full version of Internet Explorer, click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
  3. On the General tab, Under Browsing History, click Delete. In the Delete Browsing History dialog box, select the Cookies check box and then click Delete.
  4. Select Preserve Favorites website data to keep cookies associated with your saved favorites from being removed.
  5. Click OK to confirm deletion of all cookies in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Manage Add-ons

The Platform Preview uses some add-ons that load inside web pages to enhance content, including ActiveX controls. These add-ons cannot be installed or managed from the Platform Preview, however they can be managed in the full version of Internet Explorer which includes an Add-on Management feature that lets you view, enable, and disable the list of add-ons which can be loaded by both the full version of Internet Explorer and the Platform Preview. Some add-ons could collect information from your computer or otherwise impact your privacy. To learn more about Add-ons and how to control them, see the Manage Add-ons section of the Internet Explorer 10 Privacy Statement at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/internet-explorer-10-privacy-statement.

Features that help you control your data

Delete Browsing History

The Internet Explorer Platform Preview does not create new browsing History entries when you navigate to a page, but it does use Windows networking APIs that write certain data to your computer such as cache and cookie information. You can delete this information by using the Delete Browsing History feature located in the full version of Internet Explorer. To learn more about this feature, see the Delete Browsing History section of the Internet Explorer 10 Privacy Statement at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/internet-explorer-10-privacy-statement.

Features that use Microsoft online services

Customer Experience Improvement Program

The Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) collects basic information about your computer and how you use Internet Explorer to help us improve the quality, reliability and performance of our software and services. CEIP reports generally include information about your hardware configuration, a unique identifier generated by CEIP, performance and reliability data, such as how quickly the software responds when you click a button, and program use, such as which features you use most often.

Microsoft uses CEIP reports to improve our software and services. We use the unique identifier to distinguish how widespread the feedback we receive is and how to prioritize it. For example, the identifier allows Microsoft to distinguish between one customer experiencing a problem one hundred times and other customers experiencing the same problem once. Microsoft does not use the information collected by CEIP to identify, contact or target advertising to you.

The Platform Preview is available only for Windows 8. On Windows 8, your Windows CEIP participation preference will be used.

For more information, see the frequently asked questions about the Microsoft Customer Experience Program.

Location Services

Location Services in Internet Explorer let websites request your physical location in order to improve their services. For example, a mapping website can request your physical location in order to center the map for you. In the Platform Preview, Location Services are off by default.

When you visit a website that uses Location Services, you can choose whether or not to allow the website access to your location information. If you choose to allow a website access, Internet Explorer will contact a Microsoft location service to attempt to determine your computer’s physical location. This service uses your IP address and data from nearby Wi-Fi access points, if available.

Based on the information received, the Microsoft location service will determine your computer’s approximate location and provide it to the requesting website. The location information provided includes the latitude and longitude of your computer. It does not provide the requesting website information about available cell towers or Wi-Fi access points or any unique identifiers from your computer.

If you choose to not allow a website access to your physical location, no location data will be sent to the website, and no data will be sent to the Microsoft location service. If you choose to allow a webpage access to your physical location once, then the website will only have access to your location while you are viewing that webpage. If you choose to always allow a website access to your physical location, each time you visit any page on that site, it will be able to request information about your physical location. The website’s use of your location information will be subject that site’s privacy practices.

To turn on Location Services:
Click the Page menu, and then select Allow websites to track your location.

To turn off Location Services:
Click the Page menu, and then unselect Allow websites to track your location.

Help

In order to bring you the latest, most up-to-date information about this Platform Preview, help is provided online at Microsoft.com. To use online help, click on the Help menu and then click Help Topics. The Platform Preview will redirect to a help page on Microsoft.com. As with any website, standard computer information, such as your IP address will be sent.

Send Feedback

In the event that you experience a problem with Internet Explorer Platform Preview, you can use the Send Feedback tool to capture additional information that may help Microsoft find the cause of the issue. To launch the Send Feedback tool, click the Report Issue button, and then click Send Feedback. You can generate a report that contains information about the configuration of your computer, information about your system drivers, event log and other types of data. Before sending the report, you can review all of the data that will be sent to Microsoft, at which point you can choose not to send the report.

If you do send this information to Microsoft, it will only be used to improve our software and services. For more information about your privacy when you use Microsoft Connect, read the Microsoft Online privacy statement.

IEDiag

In the event that you experience an issue with the Platform Preview, IEDiag is a tool that allows you to capture additional information that may help Microsoft find the cause of the issue. To launch IEDiag, click on the Report Issue menu, and then click IEDiag. A report that contains information about the configuration of your computer, network data, information about your system drivers, event log, and other types of data will be generated and placed on your Desktop. You can view all of the data in the report by clicking the View Report button in IEDiag.

When you generate a report with IEDiag, it is not automatically sent to Microsoft. Typically, you will save the report to your computer, and then, if you choose, you can attach it to an issue report on Microsoft Connect. If you do send this information to Microsoft, it will only be used to improve our software and services. For more information about your privacy when you use Microsoft Connect, check out the Microsoft Online Privacy Statement.

How we collect, use, and store your information

Collection and Use of Your Information

The information we collect from you will be used by Microsoft and its controlled subsidiaries and affiliates to enable the features you are using and provide the service(s) or carry out the transaction(s) you have requested or authorized. It may also be used to analyze and improve Microsoft products and services.

In order to offer you a more consistent and personalized experience in your interactions with Microsoft, information collected through one Microsoft service may be combined with information obtained through other Microsoft services. We may also supplement the information we collect with information obtained from other companies. For example, we may use services from other companies that enable us to derive a general geographic area based on your IP address in order to customize certain services to your geographic area.

Except as described in this statement, information you provide will not be transferred to third parties without your consent. We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as answering customer questions about products or services, or performing statistical analysis of our services. We will only provide those companies the personal information they need to deliver the service, and they are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose. Microsoft may access or disclose information about you, including the content of your communications, in order to: (a) comply with the law or respond to lawful requests or legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers, including the enforcement of our agreements or policies governing your use of the services; or (c) act on a good faith belief that such access or disclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of Microsoft employees, customers, or the public.

Information that is collected by or sent to Microsoft by the Internet Explorer Platform Preview may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or service providers maintain facilities. Microsoft abides by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.

Security and Storage of Your Information

Microsoft is committed to protecting the security of your information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer systems with limited access, which are located in controlled facilities.

Information collected by Microsoft as part of providing you with Internet Explorer's features may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or agents maintain facilities, and by using a Microsoft site or service, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country. Microsoft abides by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.

Changes to the Privacy Statement

We may occasionally update this privacy statement. When we do, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of the privacy statement. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Statement to be informed of how Microsoft is protecting your information.

For More Information

Please contact us if you have any questions about this privacy statement.