Windows 10: Microsoft Addresses Privacy Concerns

Windows 10: Microsoft Addresses Privacy Concerns


Windows 10: Microsoft Addresses Privacy Concerns

In my recent blog about Windows 10, I mentioned one of my concerns was privacy. Many articles regarding privacy exploded on the web with many not having evidence to support it. There was so much data to process, that I mentioned that this situation has to be dealt with on its own and a dedicated post to it.

Windows released a blog yesterday to begin to clarify some of these issues that so many are vocal about. Here are Microsoft’s opening principles…

  1. Windows 10 collects information so the product will work better for you.
  2. You are in control with the ability to determine what information is collected.

Better late than never, what I like about Microsoft’s post is the attitude they have taken by issuing this statement…

Trust is a core pillar of our More Personal Computing vision, and we know we have to earn it.”

Throughout the post there are other statements that should put fears at ease….

“This doesn’t include any of your content or files, and we take several steps to avoid collecting any information that directly identifies you, such as your name, email address or account ID”

“You are in control of the information we collect for these purposes and can update your settings at any time. Note that with new features like Cortana which require more personal information to deliver the full experience, you are asked if you want to turn them on and are given additional privacy customization options.”

“Unlike some other platforms, no matter what privacy options you choose, neither Windows 10 nor any other Microsoft software scans the content of your email or other communications, or your files, in order to deliver targeted advertising to you.”

Future updates to Windows 10 will have more settings geared for both enterprise and consumer customers. Microsoft has taken the right steps to continue further dialog about privacy and posting tools to report any concerns.

The post ends the way it started, all about trust…

“We will continue to listen and respond, to earn your trust.”

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