Windows Privacy Concerns Overblown

Are Windows users justified in their concerns about Microsoft’s data collection policies?–PC Pitstop.

Windows Privacy Concerns Overblown

by Jim Hillier for Daves Computer Tips

Much has been written about the data collection and privacy concerns in Windows 10. Now, reports are circulating about 4 recent KB updates which purportedly escalate data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, presumably to similar levels of those in Windows 10 – view more information regarding these updates at gHacks here: Microsoft intensifies data collection on Windows 7 and 8 systems.

Windows 10 Privacy

While I can understand and appreciate people’s concerns over privacy issues, I believe that users are generally overreacting to a lot of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) that has been written about Microsoft’s data collection policies. If you want to view a level-headed and factual account of this policy in Windows 10, minus all the FUD, I suggest you read this report from The Verge: Windows, Privacy, and You.

I might add that all this is not new; similar concerns were raised way back when Vista was released: 20+ Windows Vista Features and Services Harvest User Data for Microsoft. Also, try performing a clean install of Windows 8.1 – during the installation process you’ll see a list of data collection options very similar to those under the Privacy settings in Windows 10. Sure, these options have been widened somewhat in Windows 10 but that is only down to enhancements in technology such as Cortana and overall synchronization across multiple devices.

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2 thoughts on “Windows Privacy Concerns Overblown

  1. Why don’t any computer safety advisory people simply recommend alternate (and good) operating systems? Why do people keep putting up with Windows?

    One day, a wandering cow created a path from where he was, to where she wanted to go. That cow followed the same path again. Other cows followed, and soon there was an established path that the cows just followed, day after day. The path was neither straight, nor logical. So do Windows users just keep following the path. Why?

    Try another OS, like Mac (which is close to Unix) or Linux, or BSD, or one of many others that work fine. They may be different, but so what? Let malware developers and ransomeware hackers deal with other OS’s, too. In the meantime, I keep using Linux, and don’t have any worries about malware. It works great, has wonderful programs, is quite safe and stable, and is quite suitable for probably 95% of computer users.

    But the cows keep following the same old established path.

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