A user's guide to the Win10 Privacy Policy

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Windows 10 might be a welcome respite from recent, unloved versions of Microsoft's flagship operating system, but it's now well-known that Win10 captures an unusually large amount of user data and sends it back to Microsoft. That might have passed muster 20 years ago (happy birthday, Windows 95!) but customers these days are increasingly aware and concerned over their personal data and what becomes of it.

Enter the Verge, with a User's guide to the Windows 10 End User License Agreement (EULA), which combs through the document and tries to make sense of the implications for users. Problem is, even if you take a Microsoft-friendly approach to the analysis, the language obviously gives Microsoft lots of leeway to interpret key provisions as it sees fit.

Had your daily dose of irony yet? Then be aware the Verge has some privacy issues of its own. In fact, it's now known that the Verge sells your user data to upwards of twenty other companies. Better to browser this one with Lynx or with every script-blocker you own set to "maximum."

A whitewash article (Score: 3, Interesting)

by number11@pipedot.org on 2015-08-28 22:55 (#JS9H)

The article "explains" the MS Privacy Policy from the most MS-friendly angle possible. It claims that some data sent to MS is "necessary for the operation of Windows" but does not explain how. It glosses over the fact that once this large trove of data (kept for how long? forever?) is collected, it will be handed over to others "when required by law or to respond to legal process". It does not obligate MS to fight fishing expeditions by loose-cannon prosecutors, divorce attorneys, or friendly inquiries from not only 3-letter agencies but also Officer Friendly. It allows MS to pass on data to other software companies. Now, they have almost certainly always done this, the difference with W10 is the volume and breadth of data that they will possess.

We need a good article that covers not only the MS Privacy Policy, but also details what data is actually sent to MS and why. This is not that article.
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