Microsoft ‘Addresses’ Windows 10 Privacy Concerns By Simply Not Mentioning Most Of Them

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from the delightfully-invasive dept

Since launch, Windows 10 has seen no limit of criticism for violating user privacy. Some of these concerns have been legitimate — such as the fact that the OS keeps communicating with Microsoft when core new search services like Cortana have been disabled, or that users don’t seem to have complete, transparent control over what the operating system is doing. But other complaints seem to have been based on false rumors that Windows 10 is embedded with a nefarious “keylogger” that tracks everything you type and say or is reporting your BitTorrent activity to Hollywood middlemen.

So far, Microsoft’s been dead silent on these issues for months, which hasn’t done much to defuse the situation. This week, the company decided to finally comment on user concerns in a blog post and both consumer and enterprise privacy documents that address at least some user worries. Microsoft’s Terry Myerson starts by promising that Windows 10 user data is encrypted in transit, the company isn’t scanning your files or e-mails to blast you with ads, and any data collection Microsoft is engaged in is simply the company trying to develop a “delightful” OS experience:

“We aspire to deliver a delightful and personalized Windows experience to you, which benefits from knowing some things about you to customize your experience, such as knowing whether you are a Seattle Seahawks fan or Real Madrid fan, in order to give you updates on game scores or recommend apps you might enjoy– or remembering the common words you type in text messaging conversations to provide you convenient text completion suggestions.”

Microsoft also takes a few shots at Google in the entry:

“Unlike some other platforms, no matter what privacy options you choose, neither Windows 10 nor any other Microsoft software scans the content of your email or other communications, or your files, in order to deliver targeted advertising to you.”

The problem with Microsoft’s response is largely one of omission.

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5 thoughts on “Microsoft ‘Addresses’ Windows 10 Privacy Concerns By Simply Not Mentioning Most Of Them

  1. Pingback: Microsoft ‘Addresses’ Windows 10 Privacy Concerns By Simply Not Mentioning Most Of Them | DWPExamination. | sdbast

  2. It’s not as if there hasn’t been fair warning from the alternative media for months on end.
    We were all warned.
    But these mugs still want to live in cloud cuckoo land and believe everything they’re told by CIAsoft.

    Well hell mend them, with a bit of luck their computers will all seize up, I for one will have absolutely no sympathy for them.

    They were told they were being spied on – and nasty things can and will happen – but they refused to take the experts advice…TOUGH, suck it up and take what’s coming to you.

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  3. “New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max
    Microsoft offers two settings – on and almost off – and a dashboard of collected data”
    Microsoft has built an online dashboard of privacy controls in an attempt to soothe lingering anger over Windows 10 and its ability to phone home people’s private information.

    The new web portal lists some of the personal data that is collected from PCs and devices and sent back to Redmond, and allows people to somewhat limit the snooping. Meanwhile, Microsoft will also tweak Windows 10’s built-in privacy controls, giving Home and Pro users a choice between some system surveillance or full-blown system surveillance.

    It’s the software giant’s way of dampening last year’s outcry over its silent slurping of telemetry data from people’s machines.

    Read More…
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/11/microsofts_new_windows_telemetry_manager/

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