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Microsoft has updated the End User License Agreement, or EULA, for Windows Phone with the emphasis on data collection. This change stems from a couple of things. First, this new EULA requires that you tap “Accept” which is something that comes from a lawsuit that Microsoft is currently involved in (get more information on this here). Second, it is a bit of a reaction in light of the Carrier IQ controversy that has been going on over the course of the last week.
The EULA itself is 19 pages long and is… dry? when it comes to reading it. But it is important as it gives you an idea of what Microsoft is collecting data on. While there is nothing personally identifiable in the data being sent, it is a lot of data. But I think that the WPCentral team summed it up best in their post on this earlier today.
What we quickly learn is wow, a lot of info is being sent to Microsoft and it’d take awhile to turn off. But we also learn that information cannot be used to track you, identify you or reveal personal information. In light of the Carrier IQ controversy, Microsoft seems to be showing all of their cards on the matter.
If you want to read the EULA yourself, click this link or just download a new app from Marketplace.