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Windows Movie Maker 2 Privacy Statement

Published: November 1, 2002

Microsoft is committed to protecting your privacy. To help you make an informed choice regarding your privacy, Microsoft publishes privacy statements that disclose what information is collected, how that information is used, and what privacy controls exist.

This Privacy Statement applies to Windows Movie Maker 2; it does not apply to other online or offline Microsoft Web sites, products, or services. Other Microsoft Web sites, products, and services may have their own privacy statements. The following topics will be covered in this Privacy Statement:

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What Personally Identifiable Information Does Windows Movie Maker Gather? What Personally Identifiable Information Does Windows Movie Maker Gather?
What Information Does Windows Movie Maker Send Across the Internet? What Information Does Windows Movie Maker Send Across the Internet?
Third-party Video Hosting Providers Third-party Video Hosting Providers
Cookies Cookies
Automatic CODEC Download Automatic CODEC Download

What Personally Identifiable Information Does Windows Movie Maker Gather?

To help you identify and organize the movies you create, Windows Movie Maker allows you to specify related information about each movie such as the movie title, author, description, rating, and copyright. If you enter personally identifiable information such as your full name, address, or phone number in the Project Properties dialog box, then this related information could personally identify you. Anyone who has access to your movie files could view this related information. Do not enter any personal information that you do not want others to see when they are watching your saved movies.

By default Windows Movie Maker sets the author name to the ‘Full Name’ for the current user. If you do not want this name to be stored in your movie files, you should change the name in the Default author field in the Options dialog box.

To change the default author name that will be used for new projects:

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On the Tools menu, click Options.

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On the General tab, select the current default author name in the Default author box, and then type a new default author name or press delete if you do not want an author name to be associated with future projects.

To change the author name for a project you have already created:

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Open the project in Windows Movie Maker.

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On the File menu, click Properties.

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On the General tab, select the current author name in the Author box, and type a new author name or press delete if you do not want an author name in the file.

What Information Does Windows Movie Maker Send Across the Internet?

Windows Movie Maker has tightly integrated Internet capabilities in order to provide you with a rich set of features, such as the ability to send movies to a third-party video hosting provider on the Internet. What information Windows Movie Maker sends across the Internet depends on the feature being used and what privacy controls have been set. Key features of Windows Movie Maker are examined in the following sections.

Third-party Video Hosting Providers

Third party video hosting providers allow you to share your movies with friends and family via the Internet. When you select “The Web” saving option in the Save Movie Wizard, Windows Movie Maker communicates your geographic region and language settings to Microsoft.com to download a current listing of providers available in your geographic region or country. This list is based on your current Regional and Language settings in Control Panel and will be stored in your Local Settings. Similarly, when you click the “Sign up now” link in the Save Movie Wizard, your geographic region and language settings are used to launch a Web page of available providers.

When you upload a movie to a third-party video hosting provider via the Internet, Windows Movie Maker sends the user name and password information you enter in the Save Movie Wizard to the provider. This information must match the user name and password information you established with the third-party video hosting provider. This information is sent using the HTTPS protocol which uses the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) standard for encryption. Related information about the movie such as movie title, author, description, rating and copyright is also sent to the provider. As described above, whether this information can personally identify you depends on what values you enter for this information in the Project Properties dialog box.

These video hosting providers are typically independent companies and are not under Microsoft’s control. Microsoft does not guarantee the security or privacy of content uploaded to these providers and recommends you contact your provider if you have any questions in this regard.

Cookies

Windows Movie Maker uses the Internet as a networking and information source. When accessing the Internet, cookies may be downloaded to your computer. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. For example, if you personalize a Web page, or navigate within a site, a cookie helps the site to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of delivering relevant content, eases site navigation, and so on. When you return to the Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the site’s features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of this or other Web sites you visit.

Microsoft.com Cookie

A cookie will be sent to Microsoft.com whenever Windows Movie Maker communicates with Microsoft.com such as when you click “Sign up now” in the Save Movie Wizard, click “The Web” saving option in the Save Movie Wizard, or access “Windows Movie Maker on the Web” from the Help menu. To understand what information is stored in the cookie and how that information is used, please see the Microsoft.com Privacy Statement.

To prevent all cookies from being stored on your computer:

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In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options, and then click the Privacy tab.

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Move the slider up to Block All Cookies. With this setting, Web sites will not be able to store cookies on your computer.

Note:  If you block all cookies, Web sites that use them may not function correctly. The next two Internet Explorer privacy levels, High and Medium High, may be more suitable. In addition, it is possible to block a cookie for a specific site via the Edit menu. Please see Internet Explorer Help for more information.

Automatic CODEC Download

By default, if a codec required for playback is not found on your computer (i.e. the piece of software that decodes a specific kind of compressed content), Windows Movie Maker will download it from a Microsoft Web site if you are connected to the Internet and the codec is available.

To prevent Windows Movie Maker from downloading codecs automatically:

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On the Tools menu, click Options.

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On the General tab, clear the Download codecs automatically check box.



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