How Microsoft defines data
Customer data is all data, including text, sound, video, or image files and software, that you provide to Microsoft or that is provided on your behalf through your use of Microsoft enterprise online services, excluding Commercial Support. For example, it includes data that you upload for storage or processing, as well as applications that you upload for distribution through a Microsoft enterprise cloud service. Customer data does not include administrator or other contact data, payment data, or support data.
Content is a subset of customer data and includes, for example, Exchange Online email and attachments, Power BI reports, SharePoint Online site content, IM conversations, or data about your interactions with customers.
Administrator data is the information about administrators supplied during signup, purchase, or administration of Microsoft services, such as names, phone numbers, and email addresses. It also includes aggregated usage information and data associated with your account, such as the controls you select. We use administrator data to provide services, complete transactions, service the account, and detect and prevent fraud.
Payment data is the information you provide when making online purchases with Microsoft. It may include a credit card number and security code, name and billing address, and other financial data. We use payment data to complete transactions, as well as to detect and prevent fraud.
Support data is the information we collect when you contact Microsoft for help, including what you supply in a support request, results from running an automated troubleshooter, or files that you send us. Support data does not include administrator or payment data.
- Where your data is located
- Who can access your data
- Lists of subcontractors who handle data
- How we manage your data
- Your data if you leave the service
- How we respond to government requests for data
- Online Services Terms
- Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 telemetry data and privacy
- Learn more about administrator, payment, and support data