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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Typing data, autocompletion, etc.
by karunko on Wed 7th Mar 2018 07:32 UTC
karunko
Member since:
2008-10-28

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?


RT.

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patrix Member since:
2006-05-21

They don't get a pass. Each different article gets comment pointing out the same thing, always about the other companies. Collect them all and nobody gets a pass.

AS for Microsoft, the reason to not trust them is "why now, and not when they released it?"

The deed is already done, and it's tainted the OS... And will take a while to regain goodwill if it's even possible.

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karunko Member since:
2008-10-28

AS for Microsoft, the reason to not trust them is "why now, and not when they released it?"

As I said, it's nothing new and opting out has always been possible -- since release 1511 and later, in fact. But don't take my word for it, just grab an ISO and see for yourself. You don't even need a license key to complete the installation.

But realize that if you want to talk to Cortana/Siri/Google and have them do stuff for you they need to dig into your computer to check calendar, address book, installed applications, and so on. The same goes for auto completion and suggestions as you type.

Of course you don't have to like it and nobody, not even Microsoft, is forcing you to use any particular feature, but to act all surprised and indignant is rather naive -- if not downright biased.


RT.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

patrix,

They don't get a pass. Each different article gets comment pointing out the same thing, always about the other companies. Collect them all and nobody gets a pass.



This is so true. I notice it quite a lot. It's like how the president and his representatives are constantly pivotting to divert legitimate criticism (esp kellyanne conway). It's so painfully blatant at times when they deflect and avoid serious accusations by blaming hilary or obama instead of seriously addressing the criticism as it applies to them. This can be infuriating to someone trying to stay on point, to say the least, but obviously that's the intention. I don't know if it's coincidental or not, but I am noticing this tactic more in online discussions. Maybe I am just becoming more perceptive of it too.

Edited 2018-03-07 15:39 UTC

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Dr.Cyber Member since:
2017-06-17



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?


In what way do they get a pass? I think most privacy concerned people know that they should avoid MS, Apple, and Google as much as possible.

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