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Old August 5th, 2015, 03:18 PM
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Windows 10 Privacy- Worth reading

With the release of the final version of Windows 10, Microsoft has released a brand new Privacy Policy and Service Agreement. There are a few controversial points which you should know about. You should carefully read these to fully determine the implications to your privacy rights under Windows 10.

By downloading and installing Windows 10, you give Microsoft very broad power to collect things you do, say and create while using its software. The data collection is quite ambiguous but one thing is certain, Windows 10 will be reporting back many things that you do, to the Microsoft servers back in Redmond, Washington.

Do you have a big brother? If you upgraded to Microsoft 10, you do by default. Microsoft 10 syncs your settings and data by default with its servers. This includes your browser history, favorites and the websites you currently have open as well as saved app, website, hotspot passwords, Wi-Fi network names and passwords. If you are not comfortable with sharing your usage habits you can deactivate it from settings.

Be aware that if you download Windows 10, you empower Microsoft to disclose your data. According to the new service agreement and privacy policy, you allow Microsoft to disclose your data to anyone it wishes to. Ref: "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 protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services."

Cortana is Microsoft's personal virtual assistant. It is an online snooping algorithm for Microsoft. Like a gossipy neighbor, Cortana shares everything you do when you use it. Microsoft's new Privacy Statement states:

To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more."Still upgrading to Windows 10, but concerned about personal privacy?

Maybe not using the Cortana feature and turning off the unique advertising ID that tracks you and your device is enough. To amend your privacy settings in Windows 10, go to Setting menu > Privacy > general > Change privacy option.

The above was taken from a "Military Authority" Newsletter I get.
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