Java.InteroperabilityBridges Privacy Statement

Last updated: May 2009

Microsoft is committed to protecting your privacy. This privacystatement applies to the data collected by Microsoft throughthe InteroperabilityBridges site (the "Site"); it does notapply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products, orservices.

Collection of Your Information

We will ask you when we need information that personallyidentifies you or allows us to contact you.  The personalinformation we collect may include name or e-mail address.

We may collect information about your visit, including the pagesyou view, the links you click, and other actions you take inconnection with the Site. We also collect certain standardinformation that your browser sends to every Web site you visit,such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times,and referring Web site addresses.

In order to offer you a more consistent and personalizedexperience in your interactions with Microsoft, informationcollected through one Microsoft service may be combined withinformation obtained through other Microsoft services. We may alsosupplement the information we collect with information obtainedfrom other companies. For example, we may use services from othercompanies that enable us to derive a general geographic area basedon your IP address in order to customize certain services to yourgeographic area.

To sign in to the Site, you will be asked to enter an e-mailaddress and password, which we refer to as your Windows Live™ ID.After you create your Windows Live ID, you can use the samecredentials to sign in to many different Microsoft sites andservices, as well as those of select Microsoft partners thatdisplay the Windows Live ID logo. By signing in on one Microsoftsite or service, you may be automatically signed in when youvisit other Microsoft sites and services. To learn moreabout how your credential information is used when yousign in to participating sites, please read the MicrosoftOnline Privacy Statement at

Use of Your Information

The information collected on this Site will be used to operatethe Site and to provide the service(s) or carry out thetransaction(s) you have requested or authorized.

In support of these uses, Microsoft may use yourinformation to provide you with more effective customer service,improve the Site and any related Microsoft products or services,perform statistical analysis, and make the Site easier to use byeliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the sameinformation or by customizing the Site to your particularpreferences or interests.

We may use your information to provide you with importantinformation about the product or service that you are using,including critical updates and notifications.  Additionally,with your permission, we may send you information about otherMicrosoft products and services, and/or share your personalinformation with Microsoft partners so they may send youinformation about their products and services.

Microsoft occasionally hires other companies to provide limitedservices on our behalf, such as Web site hosting, packaging,mailing, and delivering prizes, answering customer questions aboutproducts and services, and sending information about our products,special offers, and other new services. We will only provide thosecompanies the personal information they need to deliver theservice. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of theinformation and are prohibited from using that information for anyother purpose.

We may access or disclose information about you, including thecontent of your communications, in order to: (a) comply with thelaw or respond to lawful requests or legal process; (b) protect therights or property of Microsoft or our customers, including theenforcement of our agreements or policies governing your use of theservices; or (c) act on a good faith belief that such access ordisclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of Microsoftemployees, customers or the public.

Information that is collected on the Site may be stored andprocessed in the United States or any other country in whichMicrosoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or service providersmaintain facilities. Microsoft abides by the safe harbor frameworkas set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding thecollection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.

Control of Your Information

Except as otherwise described in this statement, personalinformation you provide on the Site will not be shared outside ofMicrosoft and its controlled subsidiaries and affiliates withoutyour permission.


Please be aware that this privacy statement and any choices youmake on the Site will not necessarily apply to personal informationyou may have provided to Microsoft in the context of other,separately operated, Microsoft products or services.

Access to Your Personal Information

You can review and edit the personal information you provided atthis Site by You may view or edit your personal information onlineat the MyProfile page on the web site. In order to help preventyour personal information from being viewed by others, you will berequired to sign in with your LiveID account. Alternatively, youcan write us by using the Contact Us form and wewill contact you within 30 days regarding your request.

Security of Your Information

At Microsoft, we take the security of your personal informationvery seriously. We use a variety of security technologies andprocedures to help protect your personal information fromunauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store thepersonal information you provide on computer servers with limitedaccess that are located in controlled facilities. Additionally, if we transmit sensitive personal information(such as a credit card number) over the Internet, we protect itthrough the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer(SSL) protocol.

Use of Cookies

We may use cookies on this Site to enable you to sign in to ourservices or to help personalize the Site.  A cookie is a smalltext file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web server. Cookiescontain information that can later be read by a Web server in thedomain that issued the cookie to you. Cookies cannot be used to runprograms or deliver viruses to your computer. One of theprimary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature tosave you time. For example, if you personalize a Web page, ornavigate within a site, a cookie helps the site to recall yourspecific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies theprocess of delivering relevant content, eases site navigation, andso on. When you return to the Web site, the information youpreviously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use thesite's features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Webbrowsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modifyyour browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you areusing Internet Explorer, search for "Cookies" in the Help menu tofind detailed instructions. If you choose to decline cookies, youmay not be able to use interactive features of this or otherWeb sites that depend on cookies.

Use of Web Beacons

Pages on this Site may contain electronic images known as Webbeacons - sometimes called single-pixel gifs - that may be used toassist in delivering cookies, to allow us to count users who havevisited those pages, and to deliver co-branded services. We mayalso include Web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or ournewsletters in order to determine whether messages have been openedand acted upon.

Microsoft may also employ Web beacons from third parties inorder to help us compile aggregated statistics and determine theeffectiveness of our promotional campaigns or other operations ofour sites. We prohibit Web beacons on our sites from being used bythird parties to collect or access your personal information. Wemay work with other companies that advertise on our sites to placeWeb beacons on their sites in order to allow us to developstatistics on how often clicking on an advertisement on a Microsoftsite results in a purchase or other action on the advertiser'ssite.

Display of Advertising

Many of the Web sites and online services we offer, as well asthose of our partners, are supported by advertising.  Throughour ad delivery platform, we may display ads on our own sites andthe sites of our advertising partners.

When we display online advertisements to you, we will place apersistent cookie on your computer in order to recognize yourcomputer each time we display an ad to you.  Because we mayserve advertisements on many different Web sites, we are able tocompile information over time about where you, or others who areusing your computer, saw and/or clicked on the advertisements wedisplay.  We use this information to make predictions aboutyour characteristics, interests, or preferences, and to displaytargeted advertisements that we believe may be of interest toyou.  We may also associate this information with yoursubsequent visit, purchase, or other activity on participatingadvertisers' Web sites in order to determine the effectiveness ofthe advertisements.

While we may use some of the information we collect in order topersonalize the ads we show you, we designed our systems to selectads based only on data that does not personally and directlyidentify you.  For example, we may select the ads we displayaccording to certain general interest categories or segments thatwe have inferred based on (a) demographic or interest data,including any you may have provided when creating an account (e.g.age, zip or postal code, and gender), demographic or interest dataacquired from other companies, and a general geographic locationderived from your IP address; (b) the pages you view and links youclick when using Microsoft's and its advertising partners' Websites and services; and (c) the search terms you enter when usingMicrosoft's Internet search services, such as LiveSearch.

As we serve ads, we take a number of steps designed to protectyour privacy.  For example, we store page views, clicks,and search terms used for ad personalization separately from yourcontact information or other data that directly identifies you(such as your name, e-mail address, etc.).  Further, we havebuilt in administrative, technical, and physical safeguardsdesigned to prevent the unauthorized correlation of thisdata.  We also give you the ability to opt-out of personalizedads.  For more information or to use the opt-out feature, youmay visit our opt-outpage.

We also provide third party ad delivery through our Atlassubsidiary, and you may read the Atlas privacy statement at

Although the majority of the online advertisements on Microsoftsites are displayed by Microsoft, we also allow third-partyad-serving companies, including other ad networks, to displayadvertisements on our sites. These companies currently include, butare not limited to: 24/7Real Media,, Bidclix, BlueStreak, Burst Media, DoubleClick, EuroClick, Eyeblaster, EyeWonder, Falk, Interpolls, Kanoodle, Mediaplex, Pointroll, TangoZebra, Yahoo! PublisherNetwork, and Zedo.

These companies may offer you a way to opt out of ad targetingbased on their cookies. You may find more information by clickingon the company names above and following the links to the Web sitesof each company.  Some of these companies are members of theNetwork AdvertisingInitiative, which offers a single location to opt out of adtargeting from member companies.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

We may occasionally update this privacy statement. When we do,we will also revise the "last updated" date at the top of theprivacy statement. For material changes to this privacy statement,we will notify you either by placing a prominent notice on the homepage of our Web site or by directly sending you a notification. Weencourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to stayinformed about how we are helping to protect the personalinformation we collect.

Contact Information

Microsoft welcomes your comments regarding this privacy statement.If you have questions about this statement or believe that we havenot adhered to it, please contact us by clickinghere.

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