‘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....http://www.rt.com/usa/311304-new-windows-privacy-issues/
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.”
“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.”
UPDATED TITLE to reflect same now on Win7 and Win8 Updates
(see next post below)
(videographer questions what's really going on as this is a new development in the OS)
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
(Electronic Frontier Foundation (a privacy organization)
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