Xbox Live Terms of Agreement Updated: Microsoft Urging Users to Keep Personal Records Up to Date

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Oct 31, 2013 10:10 PM EDT
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Microsoft intends to make a few changes to its Xbox Live online offering before the upcoming release of the Xbox One. The company has revealed a new set of terms of use agreement for Xbox Live that will roll out later this week, with Microsoft urging its users to keep their personal data up to date.

According to a recent revelation via a post on the Xbox Wire, the new Xbox Live terms of use "now asks all users to commit to keeping their contact information up to date" with an aim to bolster further user data security.

“From time to time, we update and add to the features and services that we offer through Xbox Live. For instance, we recently retired Microsoft Points in favor of local currency. When we make some of these changes, it is necessary for Microsoft to update the Xbox Live Terms of Use (TOU). In order to continue using Xbox Live, you – or your parent, if you are a minor – will need to accept this updated agreement,” the official post states.

“Protecting your account from unauthorized access and fraud is a top priority for us. It helps keep Xbox Live safer and more secure for everyone. That’s why the TOU now asks all users to commit to keeping their contact information up to date. By the way, now is a great time to make sure your security proofs are valid and accessible to you.”

The new terms and conditions for the Xbox Live from Microsoft also covers the kind of information the company can share with partners who publish apps, like HBO Go and Netflix, and also others that require a separate user account.

“More app experiences available via Xbox Live are provided by a partner with whom you may have a separate online account. If you choose to link this account with your Xbox Live account, we confirm key data points across the accounts by sharing data such as your name, address, email address and date of birth with the partner. In this TOU update, customers agree to allow Microsoft to share this information in this manner,” the company states for the same.

At the moment, the current terms of use clauses from Microsoft for Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live point out that Microsoft can share certain personal information provided to the company.

It says that it requires “certain permissions in order for you to evaluate or use and for us to enable the features and functions of the Xbox Live/Games for Windows-Live service.”

It also states that these features and functions include the likes of leaderboards, live-hosted gameplay, achievements, tournaments, and gamer profile sharing.

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