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No, Microsoft will not spy with Windows 10

Microsoft decided to revoke any data protection and to grab whatever they can collect not only for themselves but also for others. One of them is one of the largest companies fight against piracy called MarkMonitor. Among other things, Windows 10 sends the contents of your local disks directly to one of their servers.
This is wrong. It is even widely in contradiction with the facts. I keep an eye on a handful of torrent sites established, larger than those who complain here, and none of them seem to have a problem with Windows 10.

This statement literally groundless. But when a simple lie is repeated often enough, he finally anchored in the collective unconscious.

This strange belief that Windows 10 is a spy tool keeps popping up among the followers of the conspiracy theory. Via email, a reader sent me a link to a rant by a practitioner of alternative medicine, apparently as an expert legal and IT

The new licensing agreement Windows 10 … gives Microsoft permission to suck any given particle of the hard drive of a doctor. This will include the confidential doctor-patient emails that are stored on, all reports, any invoice or short note to staff exchanged via internal messaging […]

No Doc, this does not happen . Here, take a sip of this soothing tea and talk, okay? And also invite the guy torrent because he needs someone explain what is really happening.

These two poor ignorant souls and a lot of other people like them base their conviction on a paragraph in Microsoft’s new unified privacy policy. The clause lists the conditions under which Microsoft “will access, disclose or preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or file in your private folders) …”

This short list of requirements includes legal requirements such as warrants, subpoenas and (probably) national security orders and actions needed to “help prevent loss of life or serious injury” or to end to attacks against Microsoft services.

And these terms apply only to the content stored online through Microsoft services. Here is the beginning of the contract, one that defines the content covered by the clause. This contract section is clearly blocked by aluminum and unseen paper Brigade Microsoft-you-spy:

“We collect the contents of your files and communications when necessary to provide the service you use This includes:. the content of your documents, photos, music or video you upload to a Microsoft service as onedrive This also includes the content of your communications sent or received using Microsoft Services …
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So yes, if you send or receive email using the services for individuals from Microsoft or if you store files on onedrive, there is a risk that a court summons on Microsoft address the forcing him to pass this information.
But there is no risk that Microsoft collects the contents of your local hard drives and sends them to anyone. Zero.

Microsoft is under a microscope, constantly, every gesture is considered by security experts and privacy advocates. Windows 10 was available in pre-release for nearly 10 months and final version for roughly six weeks, from build 10240 out mid-July.

Presumably, if those 75 million disks Hard had been emptied, someone would have noticed. But so far not a word from a person able to use a network analyzer. Because nothing like this happened.

In fact, the precise conditions in which the good doctor is indignant are completely banal. Any company offering modern IT service uses a relatively similar language in its confidentiality agreement. Compare these extracts the privacy policies of Google, Apple and Microsoft.

It is certainly true that Windows 10 is based on online services to a greater degree by previous versions of Windows. So goes the world, especially one in which a billion people carry with them the terminals which literally record every moment and transmit to multinational telecommunications.

We want personalized services. We expect relevant search results. We expect the devices we use daily that they are more intelligent and useful over time. We expect them to understand despite our accents when we use voice functions. We expect that the bugs in the software and services will be corrected as soon yesterday.

All these goals require clients to agree to share data with companies providing these services, with a corresponding commitment recipient of these data protection with care and use them only for the purposes intended.

Having carefully read the Microsoft Service Agreement, the Windows license agreement and privacy statement Microsoft, I do not see anything remotely resembling Big Brother.

If you run a small medical office and are subject to governance HIPAA, I hope you do not buy your PC Walmart to connect to your business network and hope that everything will go well. I also hope that you do not rely on an angry chiropractor to tell you how to configure your network. Any company that cares about security, it is managed by competent persons or regulated by law, should turn to a professional IT to set its communications and infrastructure systems.

If you do not understand that, then I’m not sure that the foil itself supports you.

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