Microsoft appears to have once again attempted to sneak telemetry components. The company released security updates for all supported operating systems on the July 2019 Patch Day. However, this month’s cumulative updates, which were supposed to contain only security-related components, contain an unexpected compatibility/telemetry component.
The suspicious components were hidden in plain sight. Incidentally, this is the second time Microsoft has attempted to insert telemetry components. However, during the first attempt the Windows OS maker had openly mentioned the inclusion of the telemetry components, whereas this time, the company didn’t offer any indication. This methodology appears to an attempt to garner more accurate data about usage and installation patterns of the Windows operating system as Microsoft will soon phase out Windows 7.
People sticking with Windows 7 are a potential gold mine for Microsoft, so from the company’s perspective, it makes perfect sense to try and collect as much data about Windows 7 users as possible. Such data will help them determine what the best approach would be to get these users to upgrade.
If such telemetry collection is opt-in, then I see no problem with it. Sneaking it in as part of a security update, however, is downright scummy.
I was ready to switch to Linux on my work machine, seems like it might be good timing.
IMHO people should be allowed to run theirs computer with absolutely zero data collection if they so choose. This does not mean “basic” data collection, this means sending no data to microsoft whatsoever. It ought to be our choice since It’s not their data to take. Legislators in the US don’t give a crap about end user rights, so many consumers across the world seem to be dependent on the EU to take action since none of our governments will do it. In the US, politicians and corporations share the same bed. 🙁
The EU seems to tow the line in terms of end user rights, which is good because The more progressive european courts