Microsoft Does Not Plan To Change Data Gathering Policy

Last week, Forbes published an article stating that Microsoft planned to change its data gathering policy to enable users to control what data is shared. We reached out to Microsoft and were told that it has no plans to change its data gathering policies. A representative said, "There’s nothing new to share outside of this blog post." Forbes has updated its original article accordingly.

Starting with Windows 10, Microsoft substantially increased its data gathering services. Part of the data is gathered to optimize programs such as Cortana so that they can be more helpful to the user. Part of this data, however, is also gathered for advertising purposes.

Although Windows is still the leading OS used around the world, several new competitors such as Google’s Chrome OS, Android and other variations of Linux that are free to use have entered the market and chipped away at Microsoft’s marketshare. To combat these free OSes, Microsoft has been toying with the idea of making Windows a free service that collects advertising data from users to turn a profit.

Windows 10 was the first OS to start down this path, with Microsoft offering free upgrades to the operating system for millions of users around the world. The amount of data gathered by the OS, however, is intrusive, and it’s considered by some to be a violation of privacy. Many users have complained and requested the ability to regulate what information is shared.

For a more in-depth look at Microsoft’s data gathering policies, check out our coverage of the last policy update.

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  • Math Geek
    the makers of spybot have come out with a tool that shuts off a lot of the gathering. this one is pretty good and turns off a lot of things people did not know to turn off outside the privacy settings which actually turn off little to nothing.

    https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/

    still if you use cortana, then nothing can be changed, there is no way to use it and not be spied on. it comes with the "service"

    edit: it also works on win 7 and 8 to kill the new updates they put out mining those OS's as well.
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  • Math Geek
    the makers of spybot have come out with a tool that shuts off a lot of the gathering. this one is pretty good and turns off a lot of things people did not know to turn off outside the privacy settings which actually turn off little to nothing.

    https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/

    still if you use cortana, then nothing can be changed, there is no way to use it and not be spied on. it comes with the "service"

    edit: it also works on win 7 and 8 to kill the new updates they put out mining those OS's as well.
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  • TechyInAZ
    Bummer. Honestly It's a bad idea for windows in my opinion. Less people will be wanting to get windows if it has ad garbage on it, making them more viable for Linux.

    If windows stays the way it is by being paid to get only, plus gets rid of most of the data tracking, it will be a good OS. I'll still be buying it (because I want to buy it).

    If somebody wants to keep using Linux or another free OS, let them.
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  • alextheblue
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    Windows 10 was the first OS to start down this path


    It is the first MS OS to go down this path, yeah. Android and Chrome OS gather data for personalization, OS improvement, as well as advertising purposes and have done so for years.
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