Originally Posted by Masked
I feel you.
Microsoft is not exempt from anything.
The reality is that your ISP gathers the same exact data on the first node.
Firefox, gathers the same exact data on the first node.
Chrome, gathers the same exact data on the first node.
The reality isn't "they do it too", it's "EVERYONE IS DOING IT"...Everyone. Literally every ISP I can name, every single retailer and their products, every single phone and browser...
Instead of facing reality, you take aim at the one service
(Windows is not an OS anymore, it's now a SERVICE) that reports the LEAST AMOUNT OF ALL OF THEM back to their house entity. - It's insanity.
There is absolutely no reason not to upgrade to W10 based on privacy. Unless you have a phobia of reality, that is.
Speaking from an insider's perspective I can say that what Microsoft collects is but a shadow of Google and Apple. These two are capable of building an entire personal profile on a person based solely on the activities said person does on their phone, let alone a desktop environment. Your phone is everything that is you: where you go, how much you spend, who you call and when and how often and for how long, when you go to sleep (based on an approximation of your final charge hookup for the night), when you wake up, your movements, etc, etc, etc.
I'm not saying it's okay and I'm not saying it's not okay - I'm just saying that everyone
does it. We have to accept it (for now, or just not use whatever "it" is) until better regulation somehow makes its way through Big Government (which it likely won't) that better protects the end-user.
In the meantime, Microsoft is about the only company out there that is being overt in what they want and who they want it from. Google and Apple and every single cell phone carrier and ISP on the face of the earth
are covert and mask want they want behind pages and pages of EULA - undoubtedly written in legalease - with the reasonable expectation that very few
people will ever
Why bash Microsoft for what they do and nobody else?
Complain about them all or complain about none at all. Don't single one out for what others do.
Edit: Not saying you specifically Masked are complaining.. your post just seemed like a good jumping point for mine.