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Windows 10 privacy .... and so it begins

Gwalk900
Honorary Alumnus

Windows 10 privacy .... and so it begins

"After accusations that Windows 10 collects too much data about users, France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has order Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act within three months. The company has been ordered to "stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent".

In addition to this, the chair of CNIL has notified Microsoft that it needs to take "satisfactory measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of user data". The notice comes after numerous complaints about Windows 10, and a series of investigations by French authorities which revealed a number of failings on Microsoft's part.

Microsoft is accused of not only gathering excessive data about users, but also irrelevant data. The CNIL points to Windows 10's telemetry service which gathers information about the apps users have installed and how long each is used for. The complaint is that "these data are not necessary for the operation of the service".

The company is also criticized for its lack of sufficient security -- such as the four-digit PIN used to protect payment information which does not have a limit on the number of guesses that can be made. The CNIL's list of complaints does not end there. It also took exception to the activation of an advertising ID for tailored advertising without user consent, the lack of cookie blocking options, and the fact that data is being transferred out of Europe to the US.

In a statement, the CNIL said:

Given the above, the Chair of the CNIL has decided to issue a formal notice to Microsoft Corporation to comply with the Act within three months. This proceedings only commits French Data protection authority. The other data protection authorities belonging to the WP29 Contact group are continuing their investigations within their respective national procedures.

The purpose of the notice is not to prohibit any advertising on the company’s services but, rather, to enable users to make their choice freely, having been properly informed of their rights.

It has been decided to make the formal notice public due to, among other reasons, the seriousness of the breaches and the number of individuals concerned (more than ten million Windows users on French territory).


Microsoft is yet to respond to the notice."

Source:

http://betanews.com/2016/07/20/windows-10-excessive-data-collection-france/
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GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Windows 10 privacy .... and so it begins

It makes me wonder how Microsoft will react.  Do they just say "tough beans" and risk losing more than French business, or do they accommodate their demands, which will cause others to demand the same?  They are in a pickle, no doubt.   

Microsoft needs to respect people's privacy.  It's sad to think that, because they are huge, they believe that they can just do whatever they want. 


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BirdDog
Assistant Professor

Re: Windows 10 privacy .... and so it begins

Then there is this appearing in my updates once again, the 10 update malware. Will hide it once again and continue to use GWX Control Panel.  (sigh)

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Windows 10 privacy .... and so it begins

It's so odd that neither I, nor my stepfather, have ever seen this on his Windows 8.1 computer.  I know Windows 7 and 8.1 computers are being bombarded with this thing, but not his.   

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Amanda
Moderator

Re: Windows 10 privacy .... and so it begins

Shoot, now how will Microsoft track how many Pokemon you've caught?
C0RR0SIVE
Associate Professor

Re: Windows 10 privacy .... and so it begins

In all honesty, I rather like Win10, and have given up on my privacy...  If they wanna see my pecker pics, let them have at it I say! LOL
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Windows 10 privacy .... and so it begins

I like Windows 10, as well, and have had no problems with it.  But, I can certainly understand peoples' hesitancy when it comes to feeling like their privacy may not be as respected as they thought, or being respected less as time goes on.   

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BirdDog
Assistant Professor

Re: Windows 10 privacy .... and so it begins

I rather like my 8.1 Pro so no incentive for me to switch. Oh, and no one wants to see your pecker pics.  : )