Your privacy and Windows 10

5 August 2015

Windows It won't surprise you that, in 2015, there's a tech company after all your personal data. However, it is still worth talking about, especially if you're one of the millions who has downloaded the new Windows 10 update from Microsoft.

Microsoft updated their privacy statement in a bid to explain what they're doing with your data, and what they are collecting while your computer runs Windows 10.

They've said that they're saving your search information from Bing (does anyone actually use Bing?), as well as content from your private emails and what apps you use. They are also storing information about "your typed and handwritten words", which is sinister.

Microsoft will also store your voice through the spoken commands given to Cortana. This is all to 'customise' your experience, which is something we've heard from a lot of companies. You'll no doubt be aware that Google go through your emails to get keywords for targeted adverts, while Apple's Siri and Google Now collect data to personalise responses.

"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," says Microsoft in the new terms of services agreement.

"Windows does not collect personal information without your consent. To effectively provide Windows as a service, Microsoft gathers some performance, diagnostic and usage information that helps keep Windows and apps running properly. Microsoft uses this information to identify problems and develop fixes."

"However, we do not use what you say in email, chat, video calls or voice mail, or your documents, photos or other personal files to target ads to you," the privacy statement reads.

So, you might want to adjust your privacy settings, right?

Well, you can, by going to Settings, then Privacy and messing around with your options in there. If you want, you can opt out of personalised ads if you go to this page from Microsoft. You don't need to be on Windows 10 to opt out of the latter.

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy

1 comment

  • moss
    hopefully people will start to realise this is the 'cost' of 'free' software. The scaremongering that Microsoft will be sitting sifting through your emails laughing at your constant attempt to send your girlfriend links to video games and asking permission to buy them is hilarious.

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