Windows 10 defaults to keylogging, harvesting browser history, purchases, and covert listening

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
By Paul Martin

BoingBoing.net
Mon, Aug 3, 2015

By default, Microsoft gets to see your location, keystrokes and browser history — and listen to your microphone, and some of that stuff is shared with “trusted [by Microsoft, not by you] partners.”

You can turn this all off, of course, by digging through screen after screen of “privacy” dashboards, navigating the welter of tickboxes that serve the same purposes as all those clean, ration-seeming lines on the craps table: to complexify the proposition so you can’t figure out if the odds are in your favor.

Oh, and if you’ve already chosen to use Firefox as your default browser, Microsoft overrides your decision when you “upgrade” and switches you to the latest incarnation of the immortal undead monster formerly known as Internet Explorer.

Under “Personalization,” the first setting tailors your “speech, typing and inking input” to the way you talk, type and write … “by sending contacts and calendar details, along with other associated input data to Microsoft.” The next setting sends typing and inking data to Microsoft to “improve the recognition and suggestion platform.”

Some people may be comfortable with this usage; after all, third-party smartphone keyboards like SwiftKey improve their autocorrect functionality by learning how you type. But for others, sharing “contacts and calendar details” may be a bridge too far.

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