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

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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RE[5]: Comment by Drumhellar
by grat on Thu 8th Mar 2018 17:52 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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It is a fact that Microsoft collects huge amounts of personal telemetry data, regardless of your consent.

If you take out "personal", I'd probably agree with you.

Trust is usually earned. If you trust anything that does not respect your rights, then I would venture that you are naive.

No, I just choose not to live a life full of paranoia and tin-hat conspiracies. Nothing in the Snowden releases particularly surprised me-- there have been enough credible stories over the years to know they're going to grab everything they can.

However, Microsoft, unlike Google, Apple and Facebook (and the NSA), actually released a tool that allows you to see what data they collect-- But the general consensus is that they're lying, with no proof whatsoever.

If someone can prove there's data being collected by Microsoft that they aren't revealing in their data diagnostic tool, then that's news. That's evidence of further misbehavior.

So far, no one has produced such evidence.

What Microsoft is doing is not very complex or devious. It is simply an invasion of privacy. Google does it. Apple does it. They are making a clear choice not to respect your constitutional and basic human right. If you are lax about it, then you are part of the flock of the vast majority.

The government does it, your ISP does it, every web advertiser does it, Facebook, Google, and Apple does it-- Nothing you do on the web is a secret. Accept it, and move on.

Microsoft is, theoretically, being more transparent than any of those organizations, so why the hatred for Microsoft?

By the way, thanks for using the word "flock" to prove my point.

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