Windows 10 Technical Preview: A Spy in Disguise?

Windows 10 Technical Preview (TP), a trial version released last week, collects and transmits lots of user data to Microsoft, according to a report published in the Forbes. The daily�referred it as �jaw dropping level of invasion.�

Microsoft announces in its privacy policy the kind of information it will be collecting from the users who are using the trial version.

Here is what it will collect:

�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.�

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That�s not just all. When a user uses voice input features like speech-to-text, it may collect voice information and use it for purposes such as improving speech processing, reads the privacy policy.

�If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spell check features,� the privacy policy states.

Furthermore, the intrusion does not stop there.

�[When you] open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes and use it for purposes such as improving performance.�

And it continues,

�[When you] enter text, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features.�

So basically, Microsoft has developed an operating system that follows you like a shadow: listens to everything you say, read everything you own, and track everything you write and click.

And to leave you completely devastated, it adds

�Many features that transmit data to Microsoft are enabled automatically. You may not have the option to turn off the transmission of data for certain features in the Program. To stop the transmission of all data, you must completely uninstall the Program from all of your devices.�

Though, tech giants have history of collecting users� personal data but in case of Windows 10, saving millions of usernames and passwords will face a publish backlash.

However, it is expected that�the company will not use collected data to access bank accounts, but saving such huge amount of data is a security risk for users and the company itself.

Testing Windows 10 TP is completely voluntary; however, it remains to be seen how many of these trial version features are carried over to the commercial version.

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