Dichotomous Policy Controversializes Microsoft’s Age-Guessing Tool
Microsoft’s age guessing site How Old Do I Look is popular; and now, controversial as well. The controversy arouse after few users noticed Microsoft’s contradictory stance over users’ privacy. That is, to say, the site declares on its front page that it does not keep users’ photos but, its terms of service have a different demand altogether.
To put this in more comprehensive perspective, we are quoting the site’s front page message which says, “We don’t keep the photo [uploaded to the site].” Now have a look at this passage positioned in the site’s terms of service:
However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing, or submitting your Submission, you are granting Microsoft, its affiliated companies, and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses (including, without limitation, all Microsoft services), including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, and reformat your Submission.
It is hard for users to decide which one is accurate to be believed. But when Mashable contacted a Microsoft spokesperson, he advocated an absolute righteousness on the side of the site.
“How-old.net does not store or share the pictures,” the spokesperson said. “The terms of service are accurate. Developers get to choose how their apps work. The developers of How-old.net chose not to store or share photos for this app. These terms of services are like those of other companies.”
As the logic suggests, white and black can’t be the same. And same goes for these two contradictory statements. Nothing we can claim, however, until a more explicit explanation comes from Microsoft.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.