However MICROSOFT HAS Finally Hit back at privacy concerns over its Windows Technical Preview with the message “no-one is making you download it”.
Lots of readers reacted, with comments ranging from “the purpose of this preview is to collect data and find bugs, finally improve the final version. So if you download and use this preview, you agree to let Microsoft collect as much data as they need. If you want to protect your privacy, then you should not use this preview release at all,” to the ultra-pragmatic “FUCK MICROSOFT AND IT’S SPYWARE INFECTED WINDOWS SOFTWARE. FOR TOTAL FREEDOM…LINUX MINT IS THE WAY…!”Today, Microsoft released a statement formally stating its position on the matter.
“As always, we remain committed to helping protect our customers’ personal information and ensuring safeguards are in place for the collection and storing of that data. As we get closer to a final product, we will continue to share information through our terms of service and privacy statement about how customer data is collected and used, as well as what choices and controls are available.”
In short, ‘of course we are – it’s a beta’ is the bottom line, but with the acknowledgement that they’ll be a bit more upfront about it in the future.
We’d call that a win. It rather echoes our feelings on the subject – we ran the story to raise awareness. It’s inevitable that a beta programme requires feedback, but it underlines the fact that this is not a primetime product and anyone installing it should do so with eyes wide open.