Microsoft monitoring, censoring SkyDrive uploads?

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A German photographer has run afoul of Microsoft’s Skydrive terms and conditions over 4 photos of partial nudes he took with his HTC HD7 and which was uploaded to Skydrive and which he believed to be private.

He found, without explanation, he suddenly had limited access to his account, and when he enquired to the problem with Microsoft, was told "four photos, in one of his albums violated, Microsoft’s terms of use – because of nudity", and he had 48 hours to delete these or else Microsoft would close his account.

The story has gathered some press in Germany, and Microsoft said they would investigate the issue.

It does however raise serious privacy concerns, especially with photos automatically being uploaded to Skydrive.  Clearly users should be careful to make sure their mobile uploads are set to private on Skydrive ( >Profile Privacy settings > Advanced, setting your photo options to Just Me for maximum security) but it remains disconcerting to know even then some-one at Microsoft may be monitoring our uploads.

Are any of our readers concerned by this development? Let us know below.


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