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deya 05. Aug 2015 04:26 PM

Windows 10 and Privacy Issues
Windows 10 Privacy Issues;

MaikL 05. Aug 2015 06:26 PM

Apologies if this link has been posted on the forums elsewhere already, at the moment I don't have time to read all the posts (especially re Windows 10). *Might* be worth a read.

Windows 10 Is Spying On You: Here’s How To Stop It

Anupam 06. Aug 2015 08:44 AM

I had intended to start a separate thread on this, since there are several privacy issues in Windows, and people should be aware of them. Therefore, posts have been moved to this thread, to address the issues and discuss about them.

Windows 10 certainly has a lot of privacy issues, and most of them are turned on by default. This is something which not many of us will like, and by turning them on by default, it makes sure that people with little computer knowledge won't know how to turn them off. That's quite a shame. I had always respected Microsoft for being better than companies like Google, etc in terms of privacy, and although Microsoft's policy on data collecting is still good, but these recent privacy settings in Windows 10 turned on my default are really not good.

Anyways, just saying that there are loads of privacy issues in Windows 10 is not enough. People should know that although these issues are there, they can easily be dealt with by changing the settings. Yes, there are loads of settings for these, but atleast they give you the option to change them.

eyeb has shared this very useful article in another thread, which addresses the issues, and also shows how to deal with them. I think it covers most issues.

deya 06. Aug 2015 11:20 AM

'Users Shouldn’t Install Apps Disabling Windows 10’s Data Collection' ....;

You can read more about the said apps by following links in the article.

deya 06. Aug 2015 01:05 PM

Should really add these to this thread;

Microsoft Privacy Statement - Last Updated July 2015;

Microsoft Services Agreement - Published 4 June 2015 - Effective 1 August 2015

Panzer 06. Aug 2015 01:39 PM

Use these tools:

deya 06. Aug 2015 07:47 PM

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.

J_L 07. Aug 2015 03:24 AM

How about this?:

Anupam 07. Aug 2015 08:22 AM


Originally Posted by J_L (Post 113231)

That's a great link J_L :).. thank you.

MaikL 07. Aug 2015 10:47 AM

Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

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