Microsoft Dances Around Topic of Disallowing Nude Photo Uploads to SkyDrive

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Cache

My concern is that if Microsoft, Apple don't want these things in their ecosystem, why? Since when are private pictures something that they should have any say over?

My concern, however, is one of security. Is this Microsoft's and Apple's stance because they lack good security and are afraid anyone trying to access 'nude pictures' stands a pretty good chance of getting said access? Is this to shield them from lawsuits stemming from loss of privacy when those pictures get uploaded? Is this because their techs and engineers have full access to anything and everything and this way they won't have their staffers looking at porn all day?

They can prohibit what they want, certainly. But I would like to see a reason why a persons private data is considered their domain to do with as they please. If I can't trust nude photos which would just embarrass me, why would I trust them to hold onto my financial records or personal information which could totally ruin me?

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phoenixjc

The reason that your personal data is considered their domain is because you put it on their systems. Think about why you would want to put these things on the internet, regardless of how "secure" you believe them to be. I would never trust any system that is connected to the internet to secure and protect the information it contains. If you are concerned about security follow Gene Spafford's advice:
"The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards - and even then I have my doubts."

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jaygregz

Who has two thumbs, loves skydrive, and doesn't care about nude photos?

THIS GUY!!!

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Privacy is like true love. Your a fool if you think you have it.

But.. I do understand the concerns.

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Jared G.

i have it. release a virus on skydrive that when the folder in your account is scanned or opened the virus will release itself into the cloud going into everybodys skydrve account and downloading onto thier pc from skydrive. after it is on the pc it steals some of its resources as its own. all the resources are compiled to show the current progress of the virus. after it has enough give it a human like operating structure like that of cleverbot and allow it to learn it will use the power from the hijacked computers to send the virus into other computers through email and portable devices infecting every pc and mac in the world you will be able to use this supercomputer to do virtually anything and allow it to become self aware and enslave the human race even.

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Ghok

Way to treat your customers like an adult, Microsoft.

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Mayhemm

Didn't anybody tell you; the human body is disgusting and we should be ashamed of it. Keep the internet pure, people.

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phatbody

Worry much? Think of the BILLIONS of photos Microsoft has collected from Kinect. now what?

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bpstone

Many Americans view all nudity as a taboo sexual act no matter the age or reason. Paranoid schizophrenia perhaps? lol

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Leadfingers

It can happen to you. It can happen to me. It can happen to everyone eventually.

Actually, it *did* happen to me. My Skydrive access was lost for a period of time until I did a mea culpa to the powers that be.

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winmaster

Microsoft is just implementing this policy so that when their servers fail they have an excuse for your data disappearing.

"No, we didn't lose your data due to server failure; it was prohibited so we removed it."

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gothliciouz

so they will go thru all the people files? or how they're gonna check for inappropriate materials!.

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Mortal_M

Well well... I see someone is worried, I wonder why would that be *wink*

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guntlager

Poor wannabe Microsoft. They're trying to be so Apple yet they seem to make mistake after mistake. Having installed W8 RTM my impression is that it's one of Apple's greatest advertisements yet. Working with SkyDrive and setting up computers, email addresses and configuring SkyDrive feels like 1995 all over again.

Why would I use SkyDrive for personal data if MS is checking it? That suggests that there is absolutely no privacy there. That company just keeps getting worser and worser with every move.

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Scatter

/shrug

It's their service. I don't see anything too unreasonable about this. If for whatever reason you absolutely need to store pictures of people in the buff there's other services out there that you can use. That or just add all of your pics to a single zip file.

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Strangelove_424

http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/905/ozymandiaswatching.jpg

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The Second Comi...

Disallow sounds like Newspeak. Why not just "Prohibits"?

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Eoraptor

because someone might know what that means

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don2041

I,ll use skydrive when Microsoft lets me snoop through all of their files also!!!

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Stormfuror

So Microsoft is basically admitting that they scan people's images. No thanks Microsoft. One of the reasons I don't back up photos on the internet. I don't want some unknown person scanning through my family photos making sure I'm not breaking some kind of eula. That kind of stuff is personal and only the end user should have access.

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bscoles

Companies need to embrace Steve Gibson's TNO policy. You should not place your trust in anyone else, no individual or company. Only YOU should be trusted with YOUR data. Encrypted data should be the only thing on the company servers, only YOU should have the password to that encrypted data.

This should apply not only to services like this, but anytime 'personal' information is required for a transaction or purchase.

Companies should not be in control of protecting users information. They also should not be looking through users data. More and more Companies are being hacked and personal data being exposed because of poor security policies.

Who has the pain of recovering from identity theft? The end user. Who should be the only one aware of what data is being stored? The end user.

By exposing themselves to users data, Companies are exposing themselves to any number of unnecessary legal issues.

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Erris

Their app, so their rules.. but what's the point? What do they care what pics people upload?
I can see them forbidding such photos to be shared maybe, but to be uploaded? weird.

And how ill they prevent anyone from uploading a password-protected archive with such photos inside? Or changing the file extension of the file and uploading it anyway?

Silly rule.

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jth

Eh, it's a blanket policy to keep pics of this sort of minors off of SkyDrive. Just banning all nudity relieves the headache of age-verification. I can't really blame them taking this stance, what with everyone being so sue-happy if they didn't at least appear to be actively stopping that stuff from being stored there.

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pastorbob

While I have no problem with Microsoft's policy to disallow nude photos, I sure don't want anybody going through my files at random, not Microsoft, not anybody. Just one more reason on a long list of why I don't use nor will I ever use cloud storage of any type.

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big_montana

Than ENCRYPT the files/folders first BEFORE uploading them to any cloud service. That is the only smart thing to do as well as have a backup plan in place (no cloud services do not count as a backup plan as they do go down and they do lose your data).

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maxeeemum

Second that! My cloud storage is an external hard drive and a few flash drives. I don't understand its popularity at all.

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Happy

Ditto that.

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Mortal_M

Same here

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warptek2010

I wonder if their good buddy Apple has the same or similar restrictive policy for their service. Then again, Apple could misconstrue Microsoft of 'cloning' their eula and sue.

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Mortal_M

I think Apple would have something even worse, they really don't like anything that has to do with the human body al naturale.

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MrBear

Who's naked now? By admiting that they are monitoring users files, public or private, MS strips itself of the standard defense that a host cannot be held responsible for its users content because they do not monitor said content. This means MS would have to examine content for all types of violations (copyright, etc). Also, just plain creepy.... Microsoft, the "Father Knows Best" of the Internet.

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SPreston2001

Well that sucks lol. Most people probably wont admit it but the nude/explicit photos are the ones we usually upload to keep off our phones lol. Hell I know I have a huge collection of x-rated pics lovely ladies have sent me lol. Another lame decision by Microsoft....

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limitbreaker

"SkyDrive isn't the only game in town, of course, and others like Box, DropBox, and SkyDrive"

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Paul_Lilly

Typo or brainshart (or both) -- it was supposed to say SugarSync. All fixed!

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gothliciouz

that's confusing

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praetor_alpha

Just about to point that out. There's another SkyDrive? Call the lawyers!

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