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Old 06. Aug 2015, 07:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I can understand why they do it, Microsoft. Pretty much every other thing you use on the internet harvests data nowadays. There's money to be made from it and MS want their slice of the pie. The operating system is free to download, install and use it and this is part of the price. Nothing for nothing.

Chatting about it with people here, no one really bothers. They shrug their shoulders when asked about it. It's normal, especially to the younger generation. And let's face it, if you've already entered lots of stuff into Facebook, Google etc, then what's to lose privacy wise? ... Win 10 is just another in the list of things collecting your personal data. That's the way most people look at it, and if you raise the issue, show concern, then they laugh and say you're paranoid and that you only have to change the settings to stop it happening.

They argue that by turning all these settings off you're disabling the capabilities of the system and therefore it becomes pointless having it in the first place. Use it to its potential or don't bother installing or buying it. They add that here in the UK and EU we are protected by data protection laws and so MS can't be doing anything underhand. Perhaps they have a point? .... I don't know, but I'm pretty sure MS will be watched in that regard. Financial penalties are heavy if the line is crossed.

Personally, I've no problem going through the settings and changing them to my liking. I've done it with the Windows Phone, pretty much the same settings, and they're quite straightforward in terms of what they do. Everything can be controlled within the phone settings, but you have to look for them. I reckon not many people do though, just insert the SIM and off they go and of course, MS know that.

As for Cortana ... I've never even enabled it, but it still collects some data. You have to log in to your MS account to clear it. I have had first hand experience of Cortana though, a few weeks ago while travelling abroad. My wife and her friend were using a Windows Phone with it activated, the information it provided for them was useful (or so they reckon) and it did provide plenty of it. All it seemed to do as far as I was concerned was direct us to a few overpriced bars and what have you. I couldn't be bothered with it after a while to be honest. So Cortana won't be 'getting to know me' any time soon I don't think. But I'll be in the minority on that score, that's for sure. My wife and her friend thought it was brilliant. Fair enough.

From what I've read so far here and there, I'm not sure MS are doing anything that other companies aren't already doing these days. Probably less than some in fact. I suppose it's just a case of getting my head around it when I eventually get Win 10 for myself, tweak the settings and then live with it. Plus, it won't be long before more of the type of tools that Panzer has linked to start appearing. You'll be able to block what you want.
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