Consider this excerpt below from Microsoft’s privacy statement,
Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to: 1.comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies; 2.protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone; 3.operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or 4.protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.
This basically means that Microsoft can do whatever the heck they want with the data that’s stored on the computer as well as email and other communications (perhaps phone calls?). They do not specify under what circumstances that they would in fact yank this data off your hard drive, so leaving it open like this they can make sure that they can do just that, likely in the event that the authorities ask for the information of any particular individual, but I would be very surprised if they will even wait for anyone to ask.
So I asked them for any and all data that they had on me. As well as under what circumstances would they gather data in the fashion described and so far I’m waiting to hear from someone at Microsoft, as my request was escalated immediately. I’ll update the post later once I receive all the responses.
And then there is this,
Microsoft is not responsible if a Cortana communication management feature delays or prevents you from reviewing or sending a communication.
Which basically means that because Cortana is an artificial intelligence program (aka communication management feature), that Microsoft cannot be held responsible if Cortana prevents you from accessing your email. Under what circumstances would an AI operating system assistant need to have any control over any communications?