Windows 10: Microsoft's Sneaky Pry on Users' Privacy?

Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 10, is no doubt generating heated debate as concerns users' privacy, with some privacy advocates recommending total opt-out from the service. The "unusual" free upgrade to Windows 10, is perhaps marred by sneaky privacy policy, which has lead to unsettling speculations.

Albeit, the company is already notorious in secretly collecting users data through stealthy tracking activities, the latest move is even more profound as to the level of users' information involved.

According to Microsoft, “We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good-faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services.”

Beyond that, even things like users' browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and Wi-Fi access details are also included in what you must give-up to Microsoft with the new policy.

Asides this, Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, also learns about you by collecting data about such things as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browser and search history, and more.

While some settings are outside users' control, there is a way to deactivate the automatic sync option, which is activated by default. Simply go to settings and finding “Sync your settings” in the Accounts tab to deactivate.

Although much of this is structured to improve the quality of the service, but the fact that all is tweaked to the tech company's taking greater control over users personal information, is something to really worry about.
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