If Microsoft can read Outlook.com email, they can read your Office documents too.
The news that Microsoft read the email of a Hotmail/Outlook.com user without his knowledge raises the question of access to OneDrive data
Microsoft Office and Windows 8 encourage people to save documents and pictures to Microsoft’s OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) service. Some Office mobile apps only work with documents saved to OneDrive.
How safe from reading are those documents from Microsoft’s eyes? Not at all.
“Microsoft reserves the right to review materials posted to the Communication Services and to remove any materials in its sole discretion “
Other cloud storage companies have similar wording. Google has some qualification on their broad powers but Microsoft doesn’t have that legal ‘fig leaf’.
In addition, we know those documents and images can be accessed by government agencies like America’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ.
The only protection would be to use password protected documents however that’s a nuisance. Office Web Apps and Office Mobile apps can’t open password protected documents so you’ll lose some of the advantage of cloud storage.
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