The Scary Part of Windows 10 User Privacy

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Microsoft revealed on its blog post that its Windows 10 is now active on more than 200 million devices. To illustrate how much users love the new operating system, the company provided statistics of the growing adoption.

The Scary Part of Windows 10 User Privacy

The Scary Part of Windows 10 User Privacy

However, you will be shocked to know how the company got the information. On its blog post, the vice president of the company explained that:

“One of the ways we measure our progress with Windows 10 is looking at how people are using Windows. Recently we reached another milestone – people have spent over 11 billion hours on Windows 10 in December alone, spending more time on Windows than ever before.”

The company did reveal that it’s tracking how exactly its users are using the latest OS. Microsoft also admitted that it doesn’t only log its users time while using the OS but it also tracks their time while using the Microsoft Edge, games, search queries and every time you open a photo, among several others.

This isn’t a surprise considering how the company admits that its automatic spying cannot be turned off.

When BetaNews asked Microsoft if it could explain how it got the information and why the data are collected, the official response of MS was:

“Thank you for your patience as I looked into this for you. Unfortunately my colleagues cannot provide a comment regarding your request. All we have to share is this Windows blog post.”

This means that the company’s way of spying its users is invasive enough that it could reveal how long the person or user is using Windows 10. Despite that, the company can’t reveal about how it collects its data. 

That said, the operating system isn’t at all a privacy-friendly one. But one thing that’s clear here is that it tries to catch up with Apple, the social networking site, Facebook, and the search engine giant, Google, in the race of user-data.

If the company wants its users to trust the operating system, it must come clean. It must reveal everything that it tracks. It must also tell what can and can’t be controlled by users. Unfortunately, Windows 10 is the product of Microsoft. That said, it has indeed the right to do what it likes to do with its operating system. However, the company must only do so after providing its customers a full disclosure of its practices. In this way, they can make an informed decision of whether or not they have to upgrade to the latest OS and be part of the data-gathering process.

Given the admission of the company, it can now be too hard to convince Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to upgrade. The company aims to have more than one billion devices running 10.

But the company isn’t really interested in what you’re doing. It simply wants to know what its 200 million users are doing as it can help in the development and improvement on the quality of its operating system and its apps.

However, Microsoft isn’t the only one that spies on its users. Other tech companies, too, are doing so to learn more about the people using their products.


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Author: Jane Danes

Jane has a lifelong passion for writing. As a blogger, she loves writing breaking technology news and top headlines about gadgets, content marketing and online entrepreneurship and all things about social media. She also has a slight addiction to pizza and coffee.

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