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Microsoft’s Windows 10 policy raises serious privacy concerns

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Participants in Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program may be handing over their privacy in exchange for early access to the Windows 10 beta.

The software giant announced it’d be offering unprecedented early access to its new operating system at the launch event on Tuesday.

However, a look into the permissions users have to agree to in order to download the software make for shocking reading.

As first reported by The Inquirer, the policy states: “Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage."

The company also adds how agreeing to the the permissions, it is also asserting its right to collect users’ voice data and information about the files users open.

The document goes on to say: "We may collect information about your device and applications and use it for purposes such as determining or improving compatibility" and "use voice input features like speech-to-text, we may collect voice information and use it for purposes such as improving speech processing."

"If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features."

Microsoft has so far refused to comment on the reports, but this is a little disconcerting to say the least. Will you still be jumping on board with the Technical Preview? Share your thoughts below.

torjs99

October 4, 2014, 6:46 am

they never learn!

Tim Smith

October 4, 2014, 9:23 pm

and we all thought isil was the devil check these assholes out

Tim Smith

October 4, 2014, 9:25 pm

well im going to start goggling Linux now

Tim Smith

October 4, 2014, 9:27 pm

doesn't are Constitution mean anything ? isn't this against the law ?????????

trusharp

October 5, 2014, 2:47 pm

Dont Microsoft ever learn? So many stupid decisions are driving away people from their products and yet they never cease to amaze.

Icculus574

October 5, 2014, 3:37 pm

The Constitution only protects you for interactions with the state. It doesn't provide personal protections for private interactions outside of granting Congress the authority to regulate interstate commerce and discrimination covered in the Fourteenth Amendment.

Arthur Mosswood

May 20, 2015, 4:19 pm

simple answer money talks. theese crooks are so awash in money they can afford to flout privacy rights.specially as they have very close cushy links with the NSA ( incidentally it is know that MS did back to back crypto testing in the develoment phase of vista,) on the one hand they tout" improvemts in securty to protect your pricay" and at the same time insert code( which ou cannot inspect) which siphens all your activity to their servers which is immediately available to the NSA and its cohorts. seriously if you are going to use MS products use every dam method at your disposes to minimise data leakage.

David

January 6, 2016, 10:05 pm

Two words: NSA, Google. Both American companies.

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