In an email today to its customers, Microsoft has announced new terms of use and privacy statement:

We're updating our terms of use and privacy statement.

Our users' needs are at the centre of everything we do. That's why we are updating the Microsoft Services Agreement and providing a Privacy Statement for Windows Services. We want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the key changes and what they mean for you.

As part of our ongoing commitment to respecting your privacy, we won't use your documents, photos or other personal files or what you say in email, chat, video calls or voice mail to target advertising to you.

We updated our Code of Conduct so that you can understand better the types of behaviour that could affect your account, and added language that parents are responsible for minor children's use of Microsoft account and services, including purchases.

We tailor our privacy statements for each of our products to help make it easier for you to find the information that is important to you.

The Microsoft Services Agreement applies to your Microsoft account and includes many of our consumer services such as, OneDrive and Bing, while the privacy statement explains how your personal information is collected, used and protected across your Microsoft account, and OneDrive.

The new updates to these will take effect on 31 July 2014. If you continue to use our services after 31 July 2014, you agree to the updated terms or, if you don't agree, you can cancel your service at any time.

We encourage you to use the links below for further details and to view the full agreements online.

Thank you for using Microsoft products and services.