Privacy Statement Highlights for Microsoft Office 2013

Last updated: October 2012
This notice provides highlights of the full Privacy Statement for Microsoft Office and is intended to explain many of its data collection and use practices. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. It does not apply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products, or services.
  • Certain Microsoft Office system features ask you to provide personal information. Some of this personal information might be included in Office documents in the form of metadata.
  • Some Office features allow you to share personal information over the Internet.
  • If you choose to get online services on, you are asked to provide personal information.
  • We use cookies and other technologies to keep track of your interactions with our sites and services to offer a personalized experience.
  • Microsoft Office offers you a variety of ways to control how Office features transfer information over the Internet.
  • In Microsoft Word 2013, Microsoft Excel 2013, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2013, you can use the Document Inspector to remove metadata from your files. For information on removing metadata in other programs, read the fullPrivacy Statement, including the supplement, for that program.
  • We use the information transferred to Microsoft to enable the features that you are using or provide the services that you request. We also use it to improve our products and services. With your permission we also use your personal information to tell you about new features and product releases.
  • The metadata stored in documents is used to help you collaborate with other people on your documents. To help provide our services, we occasionally provide information to other companies that work on our behalf. These companies are required to keep this information confidential and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.
  • Microsoft Office programs require activation to reduce software piracy and help ensure our customers receive the software quality they expect.
  • The full Privacy Statement contains links to supplementary information about specific programs.
  • For more information on how to help protect your personal computer, your personal information and your family online, visit the Security at home: protect your family website.