Microsoft has asserted that data collection is necessary for it to both safeguard customers' PCs and improve Windows 10. The lightest telemetric touch is available only to enterprises, for example, because they don't rely on Windows Update to service the software with patches. According to Microsoft, Windows Update requires information from each PC to deliver the appropriate fixes.
When asked to comment on the EFF's criticisms, a company spokesman said, "Microsoft is committed to customer privacy and ensuring that customers have the information and tools they need to make informed decisions," and plugged a September 2015 blog.
In an interview today, Kalia added that the EFF would follow last week's missive with another blog post -- a how-to guide that will spell out how Windows 10 users can alter the OS's settings -- and pledged that the organization would continue to monitor Microsoft's collection practices. "We hope that Microsoft takes these concerns seriously," Kalia said.
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