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Microsoft's Remarkable Pivot: Windows 10 Abandons Privacy
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dieselnerd
dieselnerd,
User Rank: Strategist
9/3/2015 | 12:24:59 PM
Pivot This, MSFT
Glad I'm a slave to the Redmond Beast only at work these days, with Linux the primary OS at home, the dust blown off Win7Pro only when I must. Managed to avoid Win8 like I managed to avoid Vista (and Me before that); with luck Win10 will never make it into the house either.
Juif
Juif,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/3/2015 | 8:48:29 AM
Re: Good Advice
I hate W10 for that, now we are the product !
dfunk1
dfunk1,
User Rank: Strategist
9/3/2015 | 7:52:06 AM
If it's free
If it's free, then the product is you.
melgross
melgross,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/2/2015 | 11:35:19 AM
Apple's data collection
Apple has never collected all of that data. It isn't that they want to stop. So let's get that right, at least. Google has been the worst, with Facebook second, because they are advertising agencies. Their "products" are just their way of gathering private info and placing it on their properties. Microsoft has mostly been a software company, selling software. But that situation is changing. In their rush to rival Google as a search engine, they had to collect a lot of data as well, in order to pay for it, and still lose hundreds of millions on Bing every year. But with them needing to give Windows away, a major way they're going to make money in the future, is with advertising, which we will be seeing in the OS itself, for the first time, as well as personal data collection that Microsoft can sell. A few years ago, Eric Schmitt, then CEO of Google (now chairman), said in a speech called "creepy", that "Soon, Google will know more about you than you will know about yourself, and will make decisions for you before you know you want to make them." Around the end of 2013 or 2014, Microsoft's Ballmer made the same statement about Microsoft. With Win 10, and now Win 7 and Win 8, we're seeing the truth of that. I don't worry about the pitiful amount of data about us that the NSA collects, which is really just the contacts we make on our phones every month, which is the data we see in our phone bills. I worry about Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and others, whose business depends upon their collection of ever more data about us that the NSA can only dream of collecting. And if the NSA, or other law agency wants that data, it's just a warrant away, and maybe not even a warrant away. People would do well to remember that.
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
9/2/2015 | 11:30:31 AM
Good Advice
This is good to know. I figured this would be the case in most cases because the ease of use principle is held in almost just as high of a regard with the functionality of the software.


I will definitely be taking off Wifi Sense. But besides that I would just suggest tweaking the other settings within Cortana and Live Account Security. Removing them entirely takes away from the overall functionality of the software and isn't that why we upgrade in the first place?


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