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.
Whilst Microsoft does allow Windows 10 users to opt out of all the features that one might consider invasions of privacy, users are opted in by default. Rock, Paper, Shotgun explains the opt-out process step-by-step. Windows 10 will sync settings and data by default with its servers. That includes browser history, favourites, and currently open web pages, as well as saved app, website, and mobile hotspot passwords and Wi-Fi network names and passwords. Activate Cortana, Microsoft’s personal virtual assistant, and you’re also turning on a host of data sharing, as Microsoft’s new privacy statement points out:
To enable Cortana to provide personalised experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more.
The updated terms also state that Microsoft will collect information “from you and your devices, including for example ‘app use data for apps that run on Windows’ and ‘data about the networks you connect to'”. Windows 10 generates by default a unique advertising ID for each user on each device. Developers can use that and advertising networks to profile you and serve commercial content.
31 July 2015
Geekly friends of mine give the advice, “Do NOT enable Cortona under any circumstance. You don’t need it… it’s a crude tracking device”. DISABLE CORTONA WHEN YOU INSTALL Windows 10. That’s especially relevant to leftist and pro-Russian users. Do you want Langley spying on you? DISABLE CORTONA… you’ll be glad that you did.