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Windows 10 can detect and disable pirated games and hardware

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In the wake of a stolen Xbox being tracked down via wireless controllers, Microsoft has updated the Windows 10 terms and conditions such that they “may automatically check your version of the software and download software update or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorised hardware peripheral devices.”

This is Microsoft admitting that they are actively spying on Windows users and acting as a modern day nanny. Just what we need with our governments spying on us. How soon until they share this information with the NSA? Is there any privacy left anywhere?

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2015-08-23 04:51
Windows 10 can detect and disable pirated games and modified peripherals
evilviper@pipedot.org
In the wake of a stolen Xbox being tracked down via wireless controllers, Microsoft has updated the Windows 10 terms and conditions such that they “may automatically check your version of the software and download software update or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorised hardware peripheral devices.”

The wording “unauthorised hardware peripheral devices” is a little hazy. Does this mean Microsoft can now block uncertified PC or illegally-modified Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers? Furthermore, Microsoft’s agreement doesn’t state if it will also disable other counterfeit software, such as cracked versions of Office or Adobe Photoshop, or if it only cares about pirated Microsoft games.

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Spies on your kids too (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-08-22 09:11 (#J4JR)

Windows 10 also spies on your kids and sends you reports - http://boingboing.net/2015/08/10/windows-10.html

addl. sources (Score: 1)

by pete@pipedot.org on 2015-08-22 20:08 (#J5RX)