Your privacy is important. When you use Microsoft products and services, we get certain information about you. This information, like your name and email address, is called personal data. We want you to know what personal data we have about you and how we use it. We also want you to know that you have rights over that data. You can use our products in a way that protects your privacy.

We hope the language in the page will help young people read and understand Microsoft privacy practices. This page also highlights topics that may be helpful to young people and their parents and guardians.

If you have questions about the information in this page, you may want to talk to your parent or guardian. To read more about how Microsoft uses personal data, you can read the Microsoft Privacy Statement. Learn more about our privacy principles at privacy.microsoft.com.


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Many of our products need personal data to work. The types of personal data we get depends on the products and features you use.

When you use a Microsoft product, we might ask you to answer some questions about yourself. This might be things like your name, email address, and birthday. If you create an account with us, we may ask you to create a password.

We also save some details about how you use our products and services. This might be the web pages you visit, games you play, purchases you make, or details about the device you use. You might also use a Microsoft service to create or share a file, like a photo or a document. We consider this your content and we keep this for you.

And we sometimes get data about you from others. For example, if your account was created by a parent or guardian, we collect the information your parent or guardian provided about you. If you use a Microsoft product in your school, we may get some information about you from your teacher or school.

Sometimes, we give you a choice about the data we get. But if you choose not to give us needed data, you will not be able to use the product or feature. If you choose not to give us optional data, you can use the product, but some features may not work the same.

Learn more about the personal data we collect in the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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Depending on where you live, local laws might require us to get your parent's or guardian’s consent, or permission, before you can use a Microsoft product or service.

No matter where you live, your parent or guardian can create a Microsoft Family group. This lets them decide what you are allowed to do using your account. Depending on the laws where you live, they can also see, edit, or delete the personal data we collect from you. Learn more about Microsoft Family settings and controls.

Learn more about the collection of data from children in the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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Microsoft uses data to give you great experiences. We may use personal data to:

  • Provide and support our products.
  • Improve and develop our products.
  • Personalize our products and suggestions.
  • Advertise and promote our products.
  • Run and improve our business.

When we use this data, we may link data from different sources. By linking this data, we can make your experience easier and it helps us to better run our business.

We will not use your email, chat, files or other personal content to target ads to you.

Learn more about how we use personal data in the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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We share personal data with your consent. We share data to complete transactions or provide products you use. For instance, we share information with other people when you tell us to, such as when you use our services to send an email or share a document on OneDrive. If you use a Microsoft product provided by your school, we may share certain information about your use of the product with your school.

We also share data for the following reasons:

  • among all the companies owned by Microsoft
  • with other companies that work on our behalf (who can only use the data in the way we tell them to)
  • when required by law or to respond to a legal process, like a court ordered search warrant or a subpoena
  • to protect our customers and others
  • to help keep our products secure
  • to protect the rights and property of Microsoft and its customers

We don’t sell your personal data.

Learn more about reasons we share personal data in the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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You can make choices about the data we get and how we use it. For example,

  • You can access and delete some of your data through the Microsoft privacy dashboard. Depending on your age and where you live, you may need parental permission to delete your data.
  • You can choose whether to receive certain messages from Microsoft.
  • Many of our products offer other privacy settings and controls that you can use.

You can contact us about more ways to access or control your personal data. The best way to contact us is by using our web form.

The laws where you live may give you certain rights, such as the right to access or request deletion of personal data. But we provide the above choices and controls to all users wherever they live. Please note that in some cases your ability to access or control your personal data may be limited (such as where we need to keep data for legal or other important reasons).

Learn more about how to access and control your personal data in the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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When you use our products at school or with a school account, your school may share your personal data with us. We collect and use student personal data only for education or school purposes, such as for products you can use for online learning.

When you use our products for school, your school can control, access, and use your personal data. Your school can access email, chat, files or other content tied to the Microsoft product and your account. And your school can control product and account settings, including security and privacy-related settings.

Some Microsoft products have social features. When you use these features, other users in your school or network may see your activity.

Microsoft gives extra protection to student personal data:

  • We don’t sell student personal data.
  • We don’t use or share student personal data for advertising.
  • We gather information about a student only to support educational or school purposes, or as allowed by a parent or guardian.
  • We may share student personal data with other organizations working on our behalf for educational purposes. These organizations must agree to the same protections.

Your school may ask you to follow rules and policies they have for using Microsoft products.

If you have questions about what data your school shares, please contact your school.

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We use strong security protections to keep your data safe. These protections help prevent others from stealing your personal data or using it in a way that is harmful. But remember, online security is never perfect, so always be careful about what you share online.

You can also help protect the security of your personal data. Here are some tips for protecting your privacy and safety online:

  • Use strong passwords, passcodes, or touch ID features to access your devices, apps, and accounts. Don’t use a password that people who know you might guess (like a pet’s name or your home address).
  • Don’t use the same password for every service you use. And never share your password with someone else (except a trusted adult, like a parent or guardian).
  • Be careful about who you share information with online. Only share personal information with people you know and trust.
  • Be careful about what information you share online. Don’t share information with strangers that could be used to identify or locate you. Sharing information like your real name, your school’s name, or a photo, could be enough to find you in the real world.
  • Don’t share information that could be used to embarrass you or hurt you. Remember, when you share information with someone or send a message to someone, that person could save it for a long time or forward it to someone else (or even lots of other people).

Learn more online safety tips.

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We keep personal data in different places around the world. But wherever we keep the data, we use strong security protections. And we take steps to protect your privacy and comply with the law.

Learn more about where we keep personal data in the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

How long we keep personal dataHow long we keep personal datamainhowlongwekeepdatamodule

We keep personal data for as long as we need to provide our services, comply with the law, and for other legitimate reasons. You have the ability to control your data. If you no longer want Microsoft to process your personal data or would like us to limit our use of your data, please contact us by using our web form.

Learn more about our retention of personal data in the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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Some of our services include ads. If we know you are a child, based on where you live, we will not use data about you to target ads to you. You may still see ads, but they will not be selected based on what we know about you.

Learn more about advertising in the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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We sometimes update this page to make it clearer or to keep up with changes. Changes might be a new product, a different way of using data, or a change in the law. When we post changes, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of this statement.

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If you have a privacy question for Microsoft, please contact us by using our web form. We will respond to questions or concerns within 30 days.

Learn more about how to contact us in the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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Microsoft Family. If your account is a child account within a Microsoft Family, your Family organizer can adjust your privacy and safety settings. Learn about Microsoft Family Safety. If you are a parent or guardian, you can get the Microsoft Family Safety mobile app.

Xbox. Microsoft cares about the safety of young people while gaming. Learn about Xbox safety settings. If you are a parent or guardian, you can get the Xbox Family safety app. You can also learn more about Xbox data collection for kids.

Microsoft Teams. If you are using Teams at school or with a school account, please contact your school with your questions. If you are using Teams with your own Microsoft account, learn more about protecting your privacy by visiting the Teams support page.

Office apps. If you are using Office at school or with a school account, please contact your school with your questions. If you are using Office with your own Microsoft account, learn about privacy for kids, teenagers, and families.

Skype. Learn about how to control who can see your Skype profile, safety measures for kids, and other ways to protect your privacy by visiting the Skype support page.

Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge offers Edge Kids Mode: Kid-Friendly Browser to help kids grow and stay safe online. Learn more about Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge.

Bing. You can find your Bing settings at bing.com/account. If you are a parent or guardian, you may wish to turn on Bing SafeSearch for your child.

Windows. To manage privacy settings on your Windows device, go to Start > Settings > Privacy. To learn about managing privacy settings in Windows, visit the Privacy in Windows support page.

For additional privacy information in our products, see our Privacy resources.