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 l3v1 on Wed 7th Mar 2018 06:38 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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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


So, we don't know what they collect, but if they give you some tool that shows you something, then suddenly i). you know what they collect, ii). you believe what they collect is what the tool shows you, iii). everyone else is crazy tinfolhatter. The one thing you're right about is that there's no evidence, but that goes both ways, and this issue is clearly not one of belief. There's no absolute way to tell what they collect, thus, there's no way anyone could believe anything about it. You could disable telemetry service, but again, there's no evidence that's the only way they collect anything, plus, they have a habit of renaming services for fun's sake.

My point is, unless we know for sure, which we don't, there's no reason to believe anything they try to convince us about. But this is not a Microsoft/Win-specific issue, you'd do better take everything with a grain of salt.

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