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Is Windows 10 the end of privacy as we know it?

Tony Bradley | Aug. 25, 2015
Some are freaking out over Windows 10 privacy settings but Microsoft is not "Big Brother" and the features and services that make Windows 10 great require some tradeoffs of privacy for functionality.

Microsoft has dedicated an entire section of Settings in Windows 10 to Privacy. There are 13 different tabs in the Privacy settings and most contain a link to a privacy statement explaining the legal mumbo jumbo behind it. All of them provide detailed, granular options to enable or disable different aspects of the Windows 10 operating system if you choose privacy over functionality.

It seems ominous at face value, but the fact that all of the privacy options exist is actually a good thing. Microsoft has gone out of its way to make sure users are aware of the privacy implications of various features and given users control over how and where their personal data is shared and used. The only “mistake” I think Microsoft has made is that most of the privacy options are enabled by default when Windows 10 is installed. I think they should either be disabled by default or the Windows 10 installation process should offer the options and require a conscious choice by the user at the time the operating system is first configured.


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