Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The absolute hilarity of this statement, and all the others on here screaming about Windows 10 "stealing" data......
Microsoft doesn't need Windows 10 to steal your data. They can do that with ANY of their software, at any point it is used. So even if you ran 100% open source on EVERYTHING you own, your bank doesn't. Your school doesn't. Your social media doesn't.
Microsoft doesn't need to steal your data from you, they could steal it from anyone you work with that uses their software. Not to mention they could easily retroactively push updates, unless you believe they already have them, back to any of their Internet connected software. Be it Windows 3.1, or Windows 10.
The complaint of privacy is fake. There is nothing magical or special about Windows 10 that gives Microsoft power they previously didn't have, or couldn't have.
If someone wants to steal all your data, it isn't Microsoft. Ignore the fact it would be illegal, the action itself. You can go secondary on it and look at the fact they are a publicly traded company. They, by law, have to protect their Shareholders. Any action they take, knowingly, that would cause the Shareholder loss, is more or less illegal. So even if Microsoft could steal your data "legally", the backlash over doing so would cause damage to their Shareholders. Thus they would be violating that law.
People, pull your heads out of your ass' (or just install a window), and breath for a moment. Microsoft gives two craps about your data, your browsing habits are worth more from a marketing perspective than your account balance (the knowledge of the balance).
Where do I start? There is so much wrong in the post it's not even funny.
1. Microsoft could steal from other companies so it's all moot? What kind of argument is that?
2. Schools don't use proper software, so it makes it all moot? Again, what on earth is this for an argument? A school has already been punished for spying on their students, and I bet everyone agrees that they have to improve their infrastructure .
3. Social media does it? So it's all moot? Again, what? Facebook is in court in some European countries because of their abusive policies.
4. Microsoft wouldn't do anything that would make their shareholders lose money? What? Do I have to cite every anti-trust case they got involved in over the years? And even that argument of yours is just wrong because they can do illegal things and even after the fines they will still make more money than if they hadn't done that. So how is this moral at all? And why should consumers accept it?
5. They can push retroactive updates to their previous software? Yes, they can, but my agreement with them says that in Windows 7 and 8.1 I can refuse them.
Originally Posted by Masked
Your transactions have been public information for years...Your browsing data...Etc.
Your opinion of privacy is lacking all aspects of reality. In the past 5 years, Apple has admitted they give back-end access. Google has admitted they give access. Amazon has admitted they give access.
You have no reasonable expectation of privacy beyond the 4 corners of your private domicile.
Within that domicile lies true privacy.
Microsoft cannot legally, via the 4th amendment, breach actual, private information. - Everything else is public.
Itunes has full access to your music folder and the TOS states that Genius is compiled from public data.
Get with the 21st century.
In the 21st century, the last bastion of privacy is your home. Any breach into that without PC and permission, regardless of by whom, is a 4th amendment violation and thus, a constitutional breach. Period.
Your browsing data isn't public. To get it authorities need a warrant.
iTunes isn't the only way to get music, despite what you might think, and that doesn't make it ok for Microsoft to get that data either.
You're the one who should get in on the 21st century, acknowledge all of the places where these practices are being disputed in court and not be passively ok with the progressive erosion of privacy and choice to share what you want to share.