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PPGS Grade B

Overall Grade: B

1. Transparency (Clear and Complete): B

The privacy policy of Microsoft is written in clear and simple language, making it easy for users to understand. It covers a comprehensive range of personal data and usage information collected. However, the policy could provide more detailed explanations for the purposes of collecting personal data and usage information.

2. User Control (Access, Deletion, and Changes): A

Microsoft\’s privacy policy offers users the ability to access their personal information, delete it, and make changes or modifications as needed. Additionally, it provides options for users to opt-out of certain data collection and sharing practices, giving users control over their privacy choices.

3. Third-party Sharing (Limits and Consent): A

The policy clearly outlines when personal information is shared with third parties and the circumstances in which sharing occurs. Microsoft emphasizes user consent as a crucial aspect of third-party sharing, giving users the ability to give or withhold consent for sharing their personal information. The policy also specifies any limits on third-party sharing.

4. Security Measures: A

Microsoft\’s privacy policy describes the security measures in place to protect users\’ personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. It highlights the company\’s commitment to maintaining the security of users\’ personal information, ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of user data.

5. Notification of Changes: B

The privacy policy explains how users will be informed of significant changes to privacy practices. However, it could provide more specific details regarding the methods of notification, such as email or updates on the website.

6. Readability: C

While the privacy policy is generally clear and concise, its reading level is higher than that of an average 9th-grade United States student. Therefore, the overall grade is reduced to a C.


Overall, Microsoft\’s privacy policy demonstrates strong privacy protection, meeting the majority of PPGS criteria. It provides transparency, user control, limits and consent for third-party sharing, and detailed security measures. However, there is room for improvement in terms of providing more specific details on the purposes for collecting personal data and usage information, methods of notification for changes, and ensuring the readability for an average 9th-grade student.

Review Date: 2023-12-01 14:42:41

Created by: Katz PPGS

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