Originally Posted by Anenome
Now go read the fine print on your 'points.'
Done. I've pasted some of the relevant bits below. They look remarkably similar. Both Google and Microsoft track what you search and how you search. Microsoft explicitly calls out that they're checking your browser home page and browser toolbars. Google is a bit more vague in that they collect "system activity" and "hardware settings."
If you go through both privacy policies you find that both companies aggregate your data. So if you use Hotmail it'll link your Bing searches with your account. If you use Gmail they will link your Google searches with your account. In either case you're giving them the same data and they're using it in remarkably similar ways.
I'm apparently missing the "fine print" that you're referring to. What exactly are you objecting to? Or have you not read the fine print and you're just objecting out of general ignorance?
b. Collection and Use of Information in the Program
The information collected through the Program enables us to provide the Program, properly record your credits, protect against fraud, and to improve Bing and your online experience. We may collect and store information about your searches (but not the actual search terms) in connection with your Program Account to assist in the prevention of fraud.
The Program collects information about your interaction with Bing including the number of web Searches you do each day; the types of Searches you complete, such as for news or images; and the number of search ads you click on. The Program collects your search default setting; whether your home page is set to www.bing.com;
in error scenarios, the errors you have encountered; the version of and information about your browser, the version of the Rewards credit counter you are using, your IP address, as well as which search toolbars, if any, are installed on your computer. The Program also may collect information regarding the way you enter search queries for fraud detection purposes.
The Program will stop counting your searches and collecting the information described below when the Program ends (which may be at any time in Microsoft’s discretion). The Program may use the data collected through the Rewards credit counter, your redemption center activity, and information collected and associated with your Windows Live ID to customize your Program experience. Your Account will reflect the number of available credits, credits in process (pending redemption orders), and redeemed credits. To learn about Microsoft's privacy practices, please read our online Privacy Statement.
When you use our services or view content provided by Google, we may automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This may include:
- details of how you used our service, such as your search queries.
- telephony log information like your phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls.
- Internet protocol address.
- device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL.
- cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Google Account.
We may combine personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other Google services – for example to make it easier to share things with people you know. We will not combine DoubleClick cookie information with personally identifiable information unless we have your opt-in consent.