The upgrade path for Microsoft Windows 10 has been changed, making it difficult for non-tech users to avoid the automatic upgrade of the latest OS. However, there are many who are saying that the new OS of Microsoft is way better than 7 and 8.
But why would automatic upgrade be a problem?
One of the major concerns of Windows 10 users is the fact that Microsoft is constantly tracking its users by monitoring how the latest OS operates and sending the information back to Microsoft. It does that by default.
Joe Belfiore, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, confirmed that data collection cannot be stopped, even though the users have turned off the tracking elements of the 10.
Why Tracking is Needed?
Joe said that collecting data from users is essential to help the company in improving the system. With this action, the company will know if the system it has created crashed or created serious performance issues. And this type of data is helpful to the ecosystem of Microsoft.
In other words, personal privacy is not really an issue for Microsoft. Rather, they considered collection of data as useful to improve the user experience.
Even if the company has already admitted that it does collect data from users without them knowing it, it still baffles some Windows 10 users. Why it took Microsoft so long to admit that the data collection cannot be stopped or turned off?
However, Joe said that Microsoft will continue to monitor and listen to the broad public. Their ultimate goal is to provide a balance of what is good for the users and for the company.
Unfortunately, Joe will not be around to look into it because he will be taking a leave of absence for one year. The issue, however, may still be around when he comes back.
On the other hand, the head of Windows and Devices Group confirmed that those users of Windows 10 Enterprise can disable each aspect of data collection on this Windows version.
This only shows that Microsoft favors corporations over individuals as companies can disable automatic updates or data collection.
Should Windows 10 Users be Concerned?
Although Microsoft will not use the data collected to spy on the users, experts are saying that it is still a breach of user’s privacy. Furthermore, Windows 10 Home can control your bandwidth usage.
It can also install programs that are deemed necessary and it can do so anytime it wants. The scary thing here is that it will not provide you, the user, about the updates that have been going on within your system.
Plus, Windows 10 can easily display ads within the Start Menu and send hardware details to Microsoft. For analysis purposes, Windows 10 will also collect your browser history and keystrokes and send the information to the company.
However, even if you cannot completely turn off the data collection, you can still edit your privacy settings by going to Privacy set up.
But the bad news is that Microsoft’s action of collecting data only suggests that the company’s love of spying is going to get worse.
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