The NYT reports:
Microsoft instituted a policy on Friday that gives the company broad leeway over how it gathers and uses personal information from consumers of its free, Web-based products like e-mail, search and instant messaging.
Almost no one noticed, however, even though Microsoft’s policy changes are much the same as those that Google made to its privacy rules this year.
In the teaser on the front page, they say:
The difference in reactions to policies at Google and at Microsoft illustrates confusion around Internet privacy.
Okay, not "no one," literally. But pretty much no one who is nerd enough (a) to stay abreast of such things as companies' changes to their data collection and retention policies and (b) have a platform to gripe about these things.