European Union data protection watchdogs said on Monday they were still concerned about the privacy settings of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system despite the U.S. company announcing changes to the installation process.
The watchdogs, a group made up of the EU’s 28 authorities responsible for enforcing data protection law, wrote to Microsoft last year expressing concerns about the default installation settings of Windows 10 and users’ apparent lack of control over the company’s processing of their data.
Remember Scroogled? Good times.
Until the point I don’t have to muck about directly with registry settings to get reasonable stuff done, I won’t take Windows seriously (I still probably won’t for other reasons even if this happens, but that’s separate).
Among the notable stuff on the list of perfectly reasonable things you can only do via editing the registry directly on Windows:
1. Get the OS to honor application DSCP marking on network traffic (by default, it ignores all DSCP marking requests from applications).
2. Hide the stupid OneDrive icon in the default file manager (even uninstalling OneDrive (which is a pain to do as well) won’t get rid of it).
3. Mark arbitrary network connections as metered (at least physical Ethernet connections need a registry edit to get marked as metered).
4. Completely disable the ‘app-discovery’ crapware which randomly installs ‘popular’ apps from the Windows store with no user intervention.