Microsoft assures that Windows 10 does not step on user’s privacy
Windows 10, though two months old officially, is still one of the hottest topics discussed amongst PC users all over the World.
And not every topic is about the cool and unique features of the operating system.
Windows 10 has been the target of scrutiny, for many missing and unpopular features. But more importantly, Microsoft has been slammed by users and security experts worldwide for the data and personal information collected by Windows 10’s default settings.
Yes, most of the flak is directed towards the digital personal assistant, Cortana. While the app and the service is useful and quite intelligent when it comes to responses, it does involve a lot of personal data, which supposedly is being stored in the company’s servers.And people aren’t really okay with that.
However, there are other areas in Windows 10 which are also considered as insecure. One such issue is the Wi-Fi sharing feature, which by default, comes enabled in the operating system. The problem with it, is that it will share your password with your friends and family who are trusted contacts. We told you about how to disable Windows 10’s password sharing in a previous post, so make sure you give it a read.
In a blog post, which can be considered as slamming the privacy critics, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson has addressed the issues people have with Windows 10’s data collection. These two points are what the article focuses on,
- Windows 10 collects information so the product will work better for you.
- You are in control with the ability to determine what information is collected.
Microsoft admits that it does collect anonymous device ID, device type, and application crash data which the company then uses for its own purposes as wellas share it with its developer partners to improve apps. But once again, the Redmond company reiterates that it does not any personally identifiable content like files or email address or even the user’s name.
The company states an example of how it went on to use such data for improving Windows 10. A few months ago, before Windows 10 was launched, a Technical Preview build of the operating system was victim to system crash due to incorrect Graphics driver. Microsoft says it diagnosed and resolved the issue within a day, by using the information collected from affected users, and contacting the OEM to roll out a new driver after a further 48 hours.
What Microsoft hasn’t mentioned, is the fact that it was the one at fault, as Windows Update was installing the incorrect driver, while the OEM’s own driver update, which was actually the newer one, was constantly over-installed by the older one from Microsoft.
Microsoft says that the personal data , which the user shares, is used to deliver relevant content such as news related to a sports team, or some apps which the user may like, or common words which the user types for auto complete (on touch screen devices). But it does admit that Cortana collects “more personal information to deliver the full experience”and that the user is prompted to enable the feature and can disable any private related options easily.
The Redmond company has also denied that it collects any information from emails or files unlike some “other platforms”, and share it with advertising provider for delivering targeted ads.
We all know which company that scathing attack was intended at, don’t we?