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john albrich Aug 02, 2015, 03:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 01, 2015, 05:47pm EDT

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Source: rt.com
‘Incredibly intrusive’: Windows 10 spies on you by default
Published time: 31 Jul, 2015 22:39


Apparently even the ubiquitous "Solitaire" now includes pop-up personalized ads.

Several tech bloggers have warned that the privacy settings in the operating system are invasive by default, and that changing them involves over a dozen different screens and (accessing) an external website....

As examples, Porta cited Microsoft having access to contacts, calendar details, and “other associated input data” such as "typing and inking” by default. The operating system also wants access to user locations and location history, both of which could be provided not just to Microsoft, but to its “trusted partners.”

“Who are the trusted partners? By whom are they trusted? I am certainly not the one doing any trusting right now,” Porta wrote, describing the default privacy options as “vague and bordering on scary.”

Alec Meer of the ‘Rock, Paper, Shotgun’ blog pointed out this passage in Microsoft’s 12,000-word, 45-page terms of use agreement:

“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to.”
http://www.rt.com/usa/311304-new-windows-privacy-issues/
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UPDATED TITLE to reflect same now on Win7 and Win8 Updates
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(videographer questions what's really going on as this is a new development in the OS)
Windows ten spying on every image you look at.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gghj03J_ri0

He basically shows that Win10 now sends an encrypted packet to Microsoft vortex server (the very name of "vortex" suggests it's scooping up and funneling information to somewhere. The questions are "what?" and "why?"...)
This could have implications beyond "porn" user tagging. It could apply as well to DMCA copyright violator tagging, or provide an additional user-position-tracking vector (based on image geo-tags), etc. Remember that these data, assuming they are archived, would be accessible to the government under the security apparatus in the US.

A similar function could also apply to music files, again, for DMCP reasons, but was not covered in the video.

For more info on DMCA
https://www.eff.org/issues/dmca (Electronic Frontier Foundation (a privacy organization)
eff.org=The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act


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john albrich Sep 01, 2015, 05:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Same Privacy Exposure on Updated Win7 and Win8
Just Like Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 Also Spy on You--Here’s How to Stop Them
(Win7 tracking is enabled by Windows Updates listed in the article)
http://thehackernews.com/2015/08/windows-spying-on-you.html

Windows 10 Doesn't Stop Spying You, Even After Disabling It's Creepy Features
http://thehackernews.com/2015/08/windows-10-privacy-spying.html

[It should be noted that one article also warns this Win10 "feature" and ALL updates CANNOT be uninstalled.


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