Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2018 20:12 UTC

Microsoft is once again tackling privacy concerns around Windows 10 today. The software giant is releasing a new test build of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders today that includes changes to the privacy controls for the operating system. While most privacy settings have been confined to a single screen with multiple options, Microsoft is testing a variety of ways that will soon change.

There have been some concerns that Windows 10 has a built-in “keylogger,” because the operating system uses typing data to improve autocompletion, next word prediction, and spelling correction. Microsoft’s upcoming spring update for Windows 10 will introduce a separate screen to enable improved inking and typing recognition, and allow users to opt-out of sending inking and typing data to Microsoft.

I doubt any of these changes will reassure people who refuse to use Windows because of privacy concerns.

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Typing data, autocompletion, etc.
by karunko on Wed 7th Mar 2018 07:32 UTC
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Just for the record, you don't need any future release to opt-out from this type of data collection. The feature is clearly explained to you at setup time but, should you want to check or change your mind afterwards:

Settings -> Privacy -> Speech, Inking & Typing

The "magic toggle" is there and, in all fairness, it seems to me that they're really upfront about what enabling certain features entails.

If you don't trust Microsoft to respect your choice... well, that's another thing altogether but, as someone else has posted, then why do Apple and Google usually get a pass?


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