Windows 10 default "privacy" settings

So I just set up a Windows 10 laptop and my jaw dropped:

  • Contacts, calendar entries and "associated input" are shared with Microsoft

  • Typing statistics and handwriting samples are shared with Microsoft

  • a unique ID is shared with advertising networks

  • GPS and wifi location are shared with Microsoft and "trusted partners"

  • Browsing and download history is shared with Microsoft

  • Windows automatically connects to unencrypted hotspots

  • Wifi passwords are shared with Microsoft and all your contacts

  • Application crash dumps, which can contain arbitrary sensitive data, are shared with Microsoft

  • Start menu searches are also shared to provide suggestions, and that's not even in the privacy settings.

I think the Stasi would be pleased. It seems Microsoft has, at last, reached the point where users are the product and only advertisers matter.


Samuel Vincent Creshal at 29. Jul 2015, 13:31 UTC