TechCrunch article Microsoft and its Yahoo!
subsidiary, which merged to become Internet.gov last year, have created an operating agreement for the company’s Web-based business.
That document, which Microsoft and a Yahoo!
representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment, is a template that will be used to run Internet.org in the U.S. and Canada.
The template, which was also not available online, was drafted by the company and approved by the U,S.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the FTC in August.
“This agreement will ensure that Internet.go operates at the same speed and scale as other open Internet sites,” the document says.
It says that Internet-Go will be “accessible and responsive to any user, regardless of the user’s geographic location.”
The operating agreement also includes guidelines for how Internet.
Go will handle data.
For instance, it says that users can’t share “user data” with anyone outside the Internet.GO “will not be able to access any user data stored in the data center or elsewhere.”
The agreement also notes that users must agree not to use “personal data” to serve “any website, search engine, mobile application, or service.”
“You agree not: to collect, use, disclose, transmit, transfer, or distribute any personally identifiable information or any other data without our prior written permission,” the agreement says.
The document does not outline how the company will be able get the same privacy protection that Google and Facebook receive, or what specific rules it will have in place for collecting and using user data.
Google and Yahoo are the two biggest players in the Internet, with over two billion users.
The company has also created an open Internet-wide DNS service for its users, but it’s not clear if that will also be used for Internet-GO.
Google has said it will be providing a similar service for other U.s. markets.
Microsoft and the Yahoo!
agreement do not address what kind of DNS service Microsoft and other Internet.GOV.
operators will use.
“We encourage you to explore the options available to you,” the operating agreement says, “including those offered by other organizations.”
Microsoft and Internet.gOV.
are not included in the agreement, but a Microsoft spokesperson said the company would look into it.
“As you might imagine, this document was drafted with the Internet community in mind and was crafted by the companies involved in the merger,” the company said in a statement.
“It reflects our commitment to providing an open, frictionless and seamless service for all users.”
Microsoft is also offering a limited amount of free service in Canada and Australia, while Yahoo!
has not yet announced plans for those countries.
The operating agreements also outline how Internet-go will handle “all content and content management functions” on its website.
The U.K.-based company has said that it will provide a “full range of online content services, including video, photos, audio, music, and games.”
“Internet.go is the future of content,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post.
“With this agreement, you can now take full advantage of the great online services that Microsoft is bringing to the web.”
It’s unclear whether Microsoft and Microsoft will use similar terms for other operators of the Internet in the future.
Internet.google, for example, has not announced plans to offer its own online video service in the United States.