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: Comment by Drumhellar
by Alfman on Wed 7th Mar 2018 01:41 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

Drumhellar,

Of course not, at least not until Microsoft figures out a way to keep people from moving the goalposts.
If Microsoft completely stopped collecting telemetry, many of these people would believe Microsoft just found a way to do it secretly - after all, now that there is a tool that lets you view all the telemetry Windows collects, those people still believe there is data Microsoft is hiding - a belief based on no evidence.



That's not all of us though, a simple option to turn off all data collection without having to block the OS at the firewall would go a long way. A user's choice should be respected regardless of their reason.


And then, there are the people that have the opinion that Microsoft knowing how many times you click the start menu is the same as breaking into your home to read your diary.


To be fair though, even trivial evidence like that can be used in court. Beyond that, it's also a matter of principal, some of us just don't want corporations monitoring us at all. Microsoft has no business monitoring me in my home against my wishes no matter how innocuous it claims the data collection is.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by shotsman on Wed 7th Mar 2018 07:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

There is a list of IP addresses that MS use for data collection available on the Internet. AFAIK, it changes after each update but add all those addresses to your external firewall and see how many connection attempts are blocked. It is staggering even from someone just doing a bit of web browsing (not using IE or Edge naturally).
Doing that was enough to tell me that they have clearly crossed the line. No one in their right mind can persuade me that that amount of data is related to bug reporting unless Windows 10 is the buggiest bit of software ever written.
{I'll put my tin-foil hat away now}

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The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

No one in their right mind can persuade me that that amount of data is related to bug reporting unless Windows 10 is the buggiest bit of software ever written.


It may not be the buggiest software Microsoft have released, but it'd definitely not the best from a UI perspective. Much of this data could be UI anylitics, which may explain the volume of data

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by darknexus on Wed 7th Mar 2018 14:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

No one in their right mind can persuade me that that amount of data is related to bug reporting unless Windows 10 is the buggiest bit of software ever written.

Well, if it's not the buggiest thing ever written, it's certainly up there.

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