Gives Equal to Take Care Your Privacy on Windows 10: Microsoft Is Still Gathering Data [Updated]

by | July 29, 2017

A week ago I did the Devil’s advocate. The majority of media they were openly critical of Microsoft by the use of different systems of data collection in its new operating system, Windows 10. In my opinion, the problem was not the collection itself – to improve services as Cortana and to be able to squeeze them to the maximum- but the fact that Microsoft would have enabled them by default without being transparent in this regard. Microsoft could have acted much better here, because although it offers all a configuration section dedicated to privacy, that gluttony by data – however much that improves the experience of use – had to have been offered as an option.

The problem is that even off this type of data collection, Windows 10 will continue sending data to Microsoft. They have revealed it on Ars Technica, where they explain what data are sent – apparently, harmless – and why. Microsoft has defended indicating that for example to use search in the start menu “are not sent to Microsoft or data on the search or the use of the search engine”, but still not be able to completely stop sending data is suspect.

Microsoft must explain what happens

And someone says it as I say it believes in that Microsoft had made logical things to a company and It was wrong in the transparency to make them. This, however, is worse. One stop data collection thinking that Microsoft will effectively stop collecting them, and still continues to send certain information.

Ars have analyzed the data traffic that exists even with all the enabled privacy options to protect.

In some cases, as indicated in Ars, It was clear that the information was innocuous. They are sending a random-ID machine – persisting in different sessions – with some information about Cortana even though we are not using that option, something that also happens with OneDrive, a service that attempts to collect information, even though it’s disabled. The study deducted that you it’s related to the telemetry information: how to use the operating system and its functions. What they continue to do so even with Cortana and OneDrive activated? Perhaps to discover better ways to propose that we use them? Namely.

They also explain how to connect to a new network machines with Windows 10 try to make a request to Microsoft two URLs to determine whether that network is “secure” or what is the best way to access it thanks to the NCSI (Network Connection Status Indicator) technology that was already present in Windows Vista. This discovery puts into question the original reflection that I did a few days ago: certainly when one uses certain services makes certain sacrifices (one often gain in comfort, but sacrificing your privacy a little), but This type of activity does not speak well of Microsoft or, again, its transparency. We will see if the world software giant, explains what happens.

Update: Microsoft has issued the following statement on this matter:

As part of offer 10 Windows as a service, updates can be conducted to continuously provide new features to Bing searches, such as new Visual designs, styles and search code. It is not sent to Microsoft any data use by request or search, according to the chosen user privacy settings. This also applies to searches offline for elements such as apps, files, and settings of the device. To learn more about the privacy policy, you can visit the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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