The launch of Microsofts latest operating system has been met with glowing praise from the majority of reviewers. Superlatives about the latest Windows release include "amazing," "glorious," "fantastic," and "awesome." Tens of millions of PC users have already downloaded the free upgrade, which Microsoft claims will be the final release of the Windows operating system. This 'free' upgrade may not cost you any money, but it will cost you your privacy.
Windows 10 Privacy Concerns
Microsoft essentially spies on everything you do on your computer and it is detailed in its 12,000-word service agreement:
"We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to."
By default, Windows 10 logs your keystrokes, saves your personal information including contact details, passwords, demographic data, credit card information, Bing search queries, emails, calendar information, apps visited (including length of time visited), and even contents of private folders. Such information, according to Microsoft's Privacy Statement, may be shared with third parties. The digital personal assistant, Cortana, is especially loose with data as it "plays fast and loose with your data," according to Zach Epstein of BGR News.
Ignorance of Users
Sadly, most users are probably not even aware of such policies and practices and will not change the default settings to protect their privacy. For those interested in privacy, you will need to actually access 13 different Settings screens to actually change the default settings. Alex Meer of Rock Paper Shotgun claims Microsoft isn't being transparent with such policies, "There is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes 'real transparency'."
We Shouldn't Be Surprised?
I recently published an article on the brazen NSA surveillance practices and how the agency will work more complicity with technology companies to continue its Orwellian surveillance practices. Is Windows 10 a preview of what is to come from the major technology companies like Microsoft, Google, and Apple? I think so. And Microsoft should be least trusted by U.S. citizens. After all, they were the first company to sign on with the NSA PRISM program in September of 2007. I highly doubt a company like Microsoft is interested in protecting the privacy of its users. You better get used to reading the fine print if you are even remotely interested in protecting your privacy because technology companies will cater to the requests of the NSA. Do you not believe me? Just take a cursory glance of the PRISM program and try to suggest otherwise. Welcome to 1984, Microsoft-style.