If you’re planning to test-drive Windows 10, make sure you don’t use it for sensitive data, as Microsoft admitted to having equipped it with a keylogger for collecting using input.
This may come as a shock for most people, but considering that this is not a final build of Microsoft’s operating system, it makes sense to monitor every aspect of the way people use it, in order to make improvements and fix the bugs before launching the retail version. Some users may not be as disturbed by certain bugs as others, so relying only on direct feedback may not be enough.
After all, the Privacy Privacy of Windows 10 Technical Preview reads as follows:
“Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.”
When confronted with the accusations, Microsoft explained:
“The Windows 10 Technical Preview is a pre-release build of the OS designed for testing, evaluation and feedback. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.
For example, all data sent from the Windows 10 Technical Preview to Microsoft is encrypted in transit and we store the personal information you provide on computer systems that have limited access and are in controlled facilities.
Once you download Tech Preview and become a member of the Windows Insider Program, you provide information about how you use the product, including what devices you use it with, along with your detailed feedback to make adjustments before we launch the product.”
Unlike other companies that violate our privacy without any shame, Microsoft made it clear from the beginning that the test build will collect data. From the user’s standpoint, there are two possible routes, in this case. Either they use it as a secondary OS for the sole purpose of testing it out and getting used to the changes, or they install it as their primary operating system and assume responsibility for whatever data they type.
The final build of Windows 10 will obviously not include such data collection features, as that would be unheard of.
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