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25 Oct 2015   #1
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Microsoft doesn't see Windows 10's mandatory data collection as a privacy risk

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In the run-up to the launch of Windows 10 earlier this year, users noticed that Microsoft's operating system would be collecting more data on them by default than it had in the past, including information about their location and what they're typing, and sending it off to Microsoft.

Understandably, some folks were concerned about the privacy implications of such a move, especially given disclosures around government surveillance, and the fact that Microsoft previously hadn't built this kind of data collection into its operating system.

Those concerns weren't helped by Microsoft, which was slow to clarify exactly what it takes from users and how to disable much of that collection. It's possible for users to opt out of things like the contact and calendar tracking through Microsoft that Cortana uses to provide its personal assistant services, but people who use Windows 10's express settings will toggle them on immediately.
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30 Oct 2015   #2
Borg 386

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Microsoft doesn't see Windows 10's mandatory data collection as a priv

Microsoft doesn't see Windows 10's mandatory data collection as a privacy risk.

Sorry, I really can't agree. Based on all the data breaches in the last few months, coupled with the fact that I want to/should be able to have the control to stop the data flow being sent to MS, the no-more-apparent-privacy aspect of 10 does bother me.

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In the run-up to the launch of Windows 10 earlier this year, users noticed that Microsoft's operating system would be collecting more data on them by default than it had in the past, including information about their location and what they're typing, and sending it off to Microsoft.

Understandably, some folks were concerned about the privacy implications of such a move, especially given disclosures around government surveillance, and the fact that Microsoft previously hadn't built this kind of data collection into its operating system.
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In Belfiore's view, Microsoft's current setup properly addresses users' privacy concerns, since it lets them opt out of the collection of personal information. For those tracking features that users can't opt out of, he said the company doesn't consider them to be a privacy issue.

"And in the cases where we've not provided options, we feel that those things have to do with the health of the system, and are not personal information or are not related to privacy," he said.
Microsoft doesn't see Windows 10's mandatory data collection as a privacy risk | PCWorld
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31 Oct 2015   #3
ThrashZone

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When M$ pays half my internet bill they can use it without my control
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31 Oct 2015   #4
Layback Bear

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I understand the Enterprise customers spend a lot of money with Microsoft. So do in total small users like me.

From the article.

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Belfiore emphasized that Microsoft is still working on Windows 10 and adapting its policies to meet users' needs. The company has already begun back-tracking on its hardline stance toward telemetry data when it comes to enterprise users.
Windows and Devices Group head Terry Myerson said in a recent blog post that the company will allow Windows 10 Enterprise users to disable all data collection including telemetry data, though the company doesn't recommend users take that route.
My question is; why should anybody have to opt out, Enterprise or otherwise.

All owners of W-10 should have the option to opt in not opt out.


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31 Oct 2015   #5
lehnerus2000

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
All owners of W-10 should have the option to opt in not opt out.
Agreed.

It should apply to everyone else too (Apple, Google, etc.) not just MS.
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31 Oct 2015   #6
Iforgot

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I wonder how long it's going to take for some hacker to utilize this code?
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31 Oct 2015   #7
lehnerus2000

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I wonder how long it's going to take for some hacker to utilize this code?
They probably already are using it.
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03 Nov 2015   #8
Indianatone

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Layback Bear, I have opted out. It will be a cold day in hell when Windows 10 gets to see the hardware directly on any of my machines. I am still running the VM's but I am seriously thinking why even bother any longer. It offers me nothing I want or need. I can't believe they will charge for the steaming pile from August 1st 2016. I have seen enough to know it is not for me without a serious rewrite.
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