Microsoft responds to Windows 10 privacy concerns

Microsoft has finally broken the silence, responding to Windows 10 privacy concerns in a post on the Windows Experience blog.

Unfortunately, the post does little to address actual concerns, instead making a lot of vague promises about not using your data to target ads “Unlike some other platforms” (a clear reference to Google reading your GMail communication to target ads).

For example, there’s nothing about Windows 10’s persistent and frequent communication with Microsoft servers, even when privacy-compromising settings are disabled.

Techdirt, Ars Technica and The Verge have additional analysis.

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Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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