Finally - is MS10 the new G Orwells 1984 ?

This article may give LINUX the biggest push ever. Goodbye MS operating systems ?

Sun Aug 02, 2015 at 10:21 AM PDT
Windows 10 comes with built-in spyware. If your work requires confidentiality, DO NOT INSTALL.


Tes, or in doctors offices often have a work/personal email that comes with a disclaimer. "This communication is confidential," etc, and is intended only for the recipient. It's a bit of legalese, but it's necessary, especially for people who work in law or medicine, who have to comply with some pretty strict confidentiality laws and agreements.

If you have any job or work which requires some kind of legally or professionally-mandated confidentiality, whether it's Doctor-Patient or Attourney-Client, you should not use Windows 10, even on your home machine.

That's because by installing Windows 10, you're agreeing to an End User License Agreement which gives Microsoft permission to read your emails, record your location and activities, log your browsing history and what programs and applications you run, and share these with "trusted" sources. You're also agreeing that Microsoft can turn over the content of those emails along with data about you mined from your computer, to any trusted partner, or to any law enforcement agency based on a "good faith" determination by Microsoft that the content is needed by that agency.

There is no way for an ordinary user to disable these settings. Unless you're familiar with group policy settings, using an elevated command prompt, and editing the computer's registry, there is simply no way to disable Microsoft's data mining system. If you don't have a "Pro" version, you won't even have access to gpedit, and so there will no way for you to fully disable the pre-installed spyware.

geek_rojill, Aug 5, 9:59 am

If Microsoft have the resources to mine the data of millions (billions?) of people, I'll eat my tinfoil hat.

geek_suicidemonkey, Aug 5, 10:01 am

Maybe not today, but . . . . . ?

geek_rojill, Aug 5, 10:04 am

If you don't believe me, here's a direct quote from Microsoft's privacy policy:

Finally, 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:

1. comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies;

2. protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone;

3. operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or

4. protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services - however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer's private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.

In addition, there's a new telemetry system called "Asimov" which can be used to monitor the usage of any Windows 10 computer in real time, and if you agree to use Windows 10, you agree to let Microsoft monitor your computer at any time, for any reason, and to share any data they gather with their trusted partners. And no, you don't get to know who those partners are. They might even let law enforcement have access to what you're doing in real time. That might include access to your webcam.

For those technically inclined, there's a post over at reddit which outlines how to partially disable Microsofts snooping system.] There is no guarantee that updates to Windows 10 won't reactivate that system, and no guarantee that the backdoors built into the OS for Microsoft's can't be accessed by government agencies or hackers.

geek_rojill, Aug 5, 10:07 am

The irony will be people complaining about this on fb.

geek_ross1970, Aug 5, 10:21 am

An Apple or Google device will do similar stuff by default too.

geek_vtecintegra, Aug 5, 10:26 am

Sauce with that ?

geek_rojill, Aug 5, 11:43 am

Yep Apple and Google both have the same clauses in their T&Cs.

And call me unparanoid (that's a word), but I honestly just don't care.

geek_suicidemonkey, Mar 23, 9:11 pm

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