Originally Posted by SoloCamo
All I want to know is why MS is always the target here. As far as I'm aware they are just the newest kid on the block - this is an issue with every single major company and has been for quite some time. Search engines, phone's, other OS's as well, yet Windows 10 seems to be the target 99.9% of the time only because it's trendy and was blatantly obvious about it.
Sorry guys, hate to break it to you all but those of us wise enough to see this avalanche happening years ago (and were told to get our tin foil hats) are not surprised and gave up at this point. I treat all of my personal devices with a network connection as completely recorded and watched devices, and if you want to even remotely remain having a sense of privacy, disconnect. That is all. The plethora of average joe idiots has already made this happen - this will not go away and it will only get worse from here on out.
Your average citizen will remain too busy posting pictures to facebook, instagram, twitter, whatever the crap app of the day is in their generic materialistic life and will continue to be completely ignorant of the fact that everything online is essentially watched over / combed through eventually if there is even a shred of interest in you. They will be spoon fed news about terrorism this, terrorism that as more and more privacy and freedoms are removed from daily lives. I need only look at the UK's camera situation as assurance of the footsteps the US will eventually follow.
Windows 10 is the least of the concerns for all those that claim to care so much for privacy. Use an alternative or stick to an older version of Windows. But please realize, those are far from secure or private either, regardless of what you believe.
MS is always the target here lately because #1 - This is (as far as we know) a recent shift in business models for them, going from a mainly software company to a data mining company a la Google. And that shift started with Windows 10, hence the hate directed towards it.
#2 - This is a PC enthusiast forum, hence why the notion of an OS, *ahem*....I mean "Service", taking control away from the user and enforcing mandatory data collection is going to be a huge hot button topic and effect a much larger percentage of the forum members then anything OSX or Android do.
I liked most of your post but the part that upsets me the most is you saying that most of the people who are aware of what is going on and have been for years have giving up. I think that makes them worse than the ignorant sheep that give away their privacy without knowing everyday. They know what's going on and chose to take the easy way out and join the ignorant masses.
I believe the few of us that are tech savvy and know about these things, know what kind of ridiculous things are in the EULAs that no one reads, knows the danger of "The Internet of Things" (I will never, ever, ever, buy a smart TV, much less any other appliance with an online connection),etc., etc. - we have a responsibility to do what we can to for ourselves and our family and to try to educate as many people as can, regardless of the odds. Every year things get worse and people swallow it as "innovation" and "protection", how fast would we slide down the slippery slope if NONE of us ever said a thing?