It’s no secret that cloud storage systems have exploded with growth over the last few years. SkyDrive is Microsoft’s entry into the cloud storage market. Although it’s been around for a few years, SkyDrive recently underwent a facelift that made it more usable than ever before.
Unfortunately, SkyDrive has one perplexing requirement that few other cloud storage websites have: users are not allowed to upload full or partially nude pictures. That includes photographs as well as paintings. That restriction applies to both private and public folders.
We can understand why Microsoft would want to avoid hosting nude photos in its public folders, but what’s the point of restricting users from uploading whatever they want to private folders? If Microsoft doesn’t allow nude photos to be uploaded to private folders, does that mean it scans private folders to check if users are following these requirements?
To find out exactly what users can and cannot upload, read the Windows Live code of conduct. Or, if you’re not interested in reading thousands of words of legalese, here are some of the important lessons to learn from that document:
Users are not allowed to upload any of the following to a private or public folder:
-Real nude photos
-Cartoon nude photos
-Drawn nude photos
-Any nude or partially nude image files
If the thought of Microsoft scanning your private folders for nude photos makes you queasy, then it might be time to find a new cloud storage solution. With services like Dropbox and Google Drive currently available for free, there is plenty of competition in the cloud storage market.