This post was authored by the Microsoft Cognitive Services Team.
We understand that the commitments we make about data are essential for any organization. To give customers more control, we’ve updated our Cognitive Services terms for customer data. Here’s what this means for our customers.
On February 1, we started moving Cognitive Services under the same terms as other Azure services. Under the new terms, Cognitive Services customers own, and can manage and delete their customer data. With this change, many Cognitive Services are now aligned with the same terms that apply to other Azure services.
Terms for Computer Vision, Face, Content Moderator, Text Analytics, and Bing Speech services have already changed, with updates coming to Language Understanding on March 1 and Microsoft Translator on May 1. As new products are added to Cognitive Services, they will align with the same standards as other Azure services, with the exception of Bing Search Services.
Bing Search Services data will continue to be treated differently than other customer data. For example, we use search queries that you provide to Bing Search Services to improve our search algorithms over time.
We are making these updates because we strive to be transparent in our privacy practices and responsibly manage the data we store and process on behalf of our customers.
For more information, please take a look at the Cognitive Services section of our Trust Center, a resource for customers to learn how we implement and support security, privacy, compliance, transparency in all our cloud products and services.
-The Microsoft Cognitive Services Team