Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Jun 2006 20:31 UTC
Legal A computer user is suing Microsoft over the company's Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy tool, alleging that it violates laws against spyware. The suit by Los Angeles resident Brian Johnson, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Seattle, seeks class-action status for claims that Microsoft didn't adequately disclose details of the tool when it was delivered to PC users through the company's Automatic Update system.
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RE[8]: Hm
by stestagg on Sat 1st Jul 2006 14:30 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Hm"
stestagg
Member since:
2006-06-03

Another reasonable solution is just to install WGA? what difference will it make to your machine? Unless you have a pirate copy.

Stephen

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RE[9]: Hm
by eMagius on Sat 1st Jul 2006 15:04 in reply to "RE[8]: Hm"
eMagius Member since:
2005-07-06

It won't make any difference, but this is OSNews. A large portion of the visitors have personal (baseless) vendettas against MS that they use any flimsy excuse to air.

"From my parents' basement I stab at thee!"

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RE[10]: Hm
by Colonel Panic on Sat 1st Jul 2006 15:59 in reply to "RE[9]: Hm"
Colonel Panic Member since:
2005-07-28

It's spyware in case you haven't noticed. It phones home. If it gets incorrect info from their validation server, then you are screwed.
Get the picture now?

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RE[9]: Hm
by dylansmrjones on Sat 1st Jul 2006 16:03 in reply to "RE[8]: Hm"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

My version is perfectly legal. I also have Win2K3 Server legally. As a part of my education I have access to MSDN AA. So I can get windows legally and for free.

The problem with WGA is that:

- it violates my privacy
- it's being installed by force
- Microsoft lies about the behaviour of the program
- Microsoft has a dark past on these issues.
- the WGA poses a security risk for my system. My system is basically compromised by now.

Anyway - it's _MY_ computer - not Microsoft's.

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RE[10]: Hm
by sappyvcv on Sat 1st Jul 2006 17:14 in reply to "RE[9]: Hm"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

1. Violates your privacy how? It does not send any personal information
2. In certain scenarios, yes. In others, no.
3. Where do they lie about it? Lying and not explicitely stating the behaviour of an update are two different things.
4. What is this dark past you speak of on "these issues"?
5. Security risk? Compromised? Please expand.
6. It's Microsofts operating system, not yours.

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