Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have committed to providing cloud storage users with fairer contracts, following action by the CMA.
The 3 companies are the latest cloud storage providers to improve their terms and conditions following the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) review of compliance with consumer law in the sector. Last year, the CMA secured separate commitments from JustCloud, Livedrive and Dixons Carphone, and BT, Dropbox, Google and Mozy to make changes to their contract terms.
Andrea Coscelli, CMA Acting Chief Executive, said:
People rely on cloud storage to keep things such as treasured family photos, music, films and important documents safe, so it is important that they are treated fairly and should not be hit by unexpected price rises or changes to storage levels.
We are pleased that Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have joined 7 previous companies in working with the CMA and agreeing commitments to improve their terms and conditions and, as a result, millions of cloud storage users will benefit from fairer terms which will help them make the right choices when using cloud storage services.
Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have separately agreed to make changes to their respective terms and conditions, including in some common areas relating to:adequate notice to customers before significant changes are made to the servicecancellation rights and pro-rata refunds if customers don’t want to accept significant changesadequate notice, where appropriate, before the service is suspended or cancelled