Microsoft WebMatrix Privacy Statement

 

Last updated: August 2012

 

Microsoft is committed to protecting your privacy, while delivering software that brings you the performance, power, and convenience you desire in your personal computing. This privacy statement explains many of the data collection and use practices of Microsoft WebMatrix (“WebMatrix”). It focuses on features that communicate with the Internet. It does not apply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products, or services.

WebMatrix is a web development tool that allows developers to build websites on various platforms.

 

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, personal 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 packaging, sending and delivering purchases and other mailings, answering customer questions about products or services, processing event registration, 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. We may also disclose personal information as part of a corporate transaction such as a merger or sale of assets. Information that is collected by or sent to Microsoft by WebMatrix 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, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland.

 

Collection and Use of Information about Your Computer

When you use software with Internet-enabled features, information about your computer ("standard computer information") is sent to the Web sites you visit and online services you use. Microsoft uses standard computer information to provide you Internet-enabled services, to help improve our products and services, and for statistical analysis. Standard computer information typically includes information such as your IP address, operating system version, browser version, and regional and language settings. In some cases, standard computer information may also include hardware ID, which indicates the device manufacturer, device name, and version. If a particular feature or service sends information to Microsoft, standard computer information will be sent as well. The privacy details for each WebMatrix feature, software or service listed in this privacy statement describe what additional information is collected and how it is used.

 

Security of your information

Microsoft is committed to helping protect 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 information you provide on computer systems with limited access, which are located in controlled facilities.

 

Changes to this privacy statement

We will occasionally update this privacy statement to reflect changes in our products, services, and customer feedback. When we post changes, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of this statement. If there are material changes to this statement or in how Microsoft will use your personal information, we will notify you either by posting a notice of such changes prior to implementing the change or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to periodically review this statement to be informed of how Microsoft is protecting your information.

 

For More Information

Microsoft welcomes your comments regarding this privacy statement. If you have questions about this statement or believe that we have not adhered to it, please contact us at:

Microsoft Corporation

Server & Tools - WebMatrix

1 Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052

 

SPECIFIC FEATURES. The remainder of this document will address the following specific features:

 

Customer Experience Improvement Program

What This Feature Does: WebMatrix uses the Customer Experience Improvement Program (“CEIP”).  CEIP is tuned on by default in this version of WebMatrix so that we can collect basic information about your hardware configuration and how you use our software and services in order to identify trends and usage patterns. CEIP also collects the type and number of errors you encounter, software and hardware performance, and the speed of services. We will not collect your name, address, or other contact information.

 

Information Collected, Processed, or Transmitted: For more information about the information collected, processed, or transmitted by CEIP, see the CEIP privacy statement at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=52097.

 

Use of Information: We use this information to improve the quality, reliability, and performance of Microsoft software and services.

 

Choice/Control: You are offered the opportunity to opt-out from using CEIP during setup. If you choose not to participate and later change your mind, you can turn on CEIP at any time by: Start WebMatrix. Click Options. Click Customer Feedback. Choose the "I wish to participate…" radio button.

 

Web Applications Feed

What This Feature Does: WebMatrix downloads XML feeds from the Internet that contains metadata of up-to-date content, including:

· “Site from Web Gallery” -

· “Site from Template” -

· Help from 3rd Parties – This feature allows downloads from third party sites descriptive information about help content available from third parties that the end user may use with WebMatrix.

 

Information Collected, Processed, or Transmitted:  The user's IP address and the version of Visual Studio are transmitted to the server hosting the feed as well as any search and filter parameters supplied by the user.

 

Use of Information: Microsoft uses this information to return the necessary data to enable WebMatrix to display the latest content. Microsoft does not transmit or store any personally identifiable information through this feature.

 

NuGet Feeds

What This Feature Does: WebMatrix downloads NuGet XML feeds from Nuget.Org that contain metadata of up-to-date content, including:

· 3rd Party developer extensions–

 

Information Collected, Processed, or Transmitted: The user's IP address and the version of Visual Studio are transmitted to the server hosting the feed as well as any search and filter parameters supplied by the user.

 

Use of Information: Microsoft uses this information to return the necessary data to enable WebMatrix to display the latest content. Microsoft does not transmit or store any personally identifiable information through this feature.

 

WebMatrix Checks for Updates

What This Feature Does: Upon launch WebMatrix will check the availability of new features or updates.

 

Information Collected, Processed, or Transmitted:  The user's IP address and the version of WebMatrix are transmitted to the server hosting the feed as well as any search and filter parameters supplied by the user.

 

Use of Information:

Microsoft uses this information to check the availability of new features or updates for product features/user’s extensions. It returns data to notify the user of the availability of those new features or updates.

Choice/Control:

To turn on or off auto detection of updates:

1. Click ‘File’ --> ‘Options’

2. In the ‘General’ tab, de-select the checkbox for “Check for upgrades on start-up”

3. Click the ‘Save’ button.