Creepy! Microsoft’s New Windows 10 Browser Will Be Watching & Logging EVERYTHING You do

Creepy! Microsoft’s New Windows 10 Browser Will Be Watching & Logging EVERYTHING You do

msbgbrthrOver 14 million devices are already running Microsoft’s new Windows 10, but hardly anyone bothers to read the 45 pages of terms and conditions. The contract effectively gives Microsoft permission to act as a keylogger of almost everything you’re doing,  going far beyond collecting basic information — name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics.

Newsweek reports,

Other information Microsoft saves includes Bing search queries and conversations with the new digital personal assistant Cortana; contents of private communications such as email; websites and apps visited (including features accessed and length of time used); and contents of private folders. Furthermore, “your typed and handwritten words are collected,” the Privacy Statement says, which many online observers liken to a keylogger. Microsoft says they collect the information “to provide you a personalized user dictionary, help you type and write on your device with better character recognition, and provide you with text suggestions as you type or write.”

All this information doesn’t necessarily remain with just Microsoft. The company says it uses the data collected for three purposes: to provide and improve its services; to send customers personalized promotions; and to display targeted advertising, which sometimes requires the information be shared with third parties.

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Unfortunately, this is becoming standard in the industry. Siri and Google require access to the user’s personal information to personalize responses and Google analyzes users’ emails in order to customize content. It is possible to opt out of Microsoft’s data collection, but it requires a lot of extra clicking. Journalists and bloggers need to keep up the exposure on practices like this.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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