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31 July, 2015

Windows 10's scary privacy issues people need to know

Thanks to Mic Wright reading Microsoft's new 45 pages (combined) Privacy Statement and Services Agreements. He kindly pointed out some scary parts:

  • Data syncing by default
  • Cortana is a sexy spy in the machine Turn on Cortana, the virtual assistant, and you’re also turning on a whole host of data sharing:
    To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more.”
  • Whatever happens, Microsoft knows what you’re doing…
  • Advertisers will know exactly who you are
  • Your encryption key is backed up to OneDrive
  • Microsoft can disclose your data when it feels like it

Details: Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about (TNW news)

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18 July, 2015

Windows 10 to force update itself

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According to The Register, the highly anticipated Windows 10, due to release on 29th July 2015, has a new Licensing Agreement has made itself the same practice as Google Chrome browser, updating itself, like it or not. On the other hand, Mozilla Firefox, apart from rushed out releases, it also updates itself under default setting, however users can still choose to delay the update.

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The Licensing Agreement for Windows 10, as found in the latest release candidate build 10240 of Windows 10 Professional, states:

  • The Software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you.

  • You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorised sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates.

  • By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.

Heaven for those (extremists) who must have the latest of the latest. The Register pointed out the potential issue:

The downside is that feature upgrades can potentially break applications, or drivers for peripherals such as printers and scanners.

Unless you are a business running the Enterprise Edition of Windows, then you can have some choices on delaying yourself from being forced updating.

source: Windows 10: You'll get UPDATES LIKE IT or NOT – unless you have Enterprise Edition (The Register)

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