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 â€œkeylogger,â€ 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.
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.
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.