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Microsoft reminds Users of Windows 10 beta testers, that they’re volunteers

However MICROSOFT HAS Finally Hit back at privacy concerns over its Windows Technical Preview with the message “no-one is making you download it”.
Last week, there were reports of Privacy Policy concerns of Microsoft’s first widespread work-in-progress programme for future Windows releases. In the Windows Technical Preview have references to speech recording, file monitoring and even keylogging.

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.

Windows 10

“With Windows 10, we’re kicking off the largest ever open collaborative development effort that will change the way we build and deliver Windows. Users who join the Windows Insider Program and opt-in to the Windows 10 Technical Preview are choosing to provide data and feedback that will help shape the best Windows experience for our customers.

“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.
With all that from Microsoft, we do hope Microsoft will make good on its promise of more transparency on future privacy policy clauses.


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