Microsoft’s new Privacy Statement explains that Windows 10 is not collecting data all the time
When Windows 10 was released to the masses, users began to talk in hushed tones, saying that the operating system collects far too much of user data.
In reality, what Microsoft does is to use the information it collects, to provide relevant services to the user, in various apps.
For instance, some features in Cortana, the digital personal assistant app in Windows 10, requires a lot of information to be stored in the server, so she can provide location based reminders, news, weather related news to the user.
Can Windows Update work without validating the authenticity of the operating system? Of course not, but such measures have confused many users into thinking their data is being collected.
The doubts in users’ minds were only increased due to the presence of the WiFi password sharing option. You can easily disable this from the settings, just go through my previous write up to do so.
Yet, in spite of assurances from Microsoft, regarding how it uses the data, the whole privacy issue has grown so big, that it has led to the creation of new apps, like Disable Windows 10 Tracking, which helps the user to disable the operating system’s telemetry services.
Renowed Windows writer Ed Bott, writes on ZDNet that the Privacy Statement had been altered by the Redmond company just a week before it launched Threshold 2, which is the first major update to Windows 10.
Relax, Windows 10 is safe:
The updated Privacy Statement clearly states that Microsoft isn’t collecting data all the time. In fact, it says that personal data is only collected in relation to the service which the user accessed.
The image above explains how an email’s content is stored, when the user uses Outlook.com. Just imagine, how is the webservice supposed to show you your email, without storing it in the first place? And the connection is encrypted anyway, so your data isn’t going to be stolen.
That brings us to the next topic, BitLocker Encruyption. The security service in Windows 10 has drawn some flak, due to the fact that its encryption keys are constantly backed up to OneDrive, using which technically, once can decrypt the data . But Redmond Company assures that the keys are there only for the user to recover files, and not for any other purpose.
Similarly, rumours claimed that Microsoft scans entire harddrives for personal files, this is also false. The scanning only happens on OneDrive’s private folders, and that too only because the company has to comply with law enforcement officials. Additionally, it also indexes your files to help you find the geo-tagged photos with ease.
Microsoft also clarifies that it verifies the validity of software licenses, to prevent malware attacks. Surprisingly enough, there have been no changes made to the Telemetry section of the Privacy Statement.
The only data that Microsoft collects from you is about the PC’s hardware, and not your personal information.