“Microsoft is not unique in claiming the right to read users’ emails – Apple, Yahoo and Google all reserve that right as well,” Alex Hern reports for The Guardian.
“The broad rights email providers claim for themselves has come to light following Microsoft’s admission that it read a journalist’s Hotmail account in an attempt to track down the source of an internal leak,” Hern reports. “But most webmail services claim the right to read users’ email if they believe that such access is necessary to protect their property.”
“Google’s terms require the user to ‘acknowledge and agree that Google may access… your account information and any Content associated with that account… in a good faith belief that such access… is reasonably necessary to… protect against imminent harm to the… property… of Google,” Hern reports. “Apple ‘may, without liability to you, access… your Account information and Content… if we have a good faith belief that such access… is reasonably necessary to… protect the… property… of Apple.'”
Read more in the full article here.
Microsoft caught reading Hotmail inbox of blogger – March 21, 2014