Microsoft is betting on Windows 10 to even out the playing field that Google and Apple are currently dominating. Microsoft has ensured that the latest (and rumored to be last) operating system it will ever come out with is as far removed from Windows 8 as possible.
In order to do this, the company has decided to take a page out of Windows 7 and tweak its settings and features.
“Rather than residing as a static software program on your device, key components of Windows are cloud-based. … In order to provide this computing experience, we collect data about you, your device, and the way you use Windows,” is a telling passage in the policy.
The highly improved Cortana is eyed as a major source from where Microsoft collects data as the digital assistant is designed to remember every detail and information the user gives or accesses in order to improve the user’s experience.
Microsoft immediately responded to allegations that users’ private data were at risk. A company spokesperson claims that “Windows does not collect personal information without your consent” and says that the information that the company does collect is just used to identify areas that might cause problems and are used to come up with patches.
To be fair, users can actually program Windows 10 and opt-out of the data collecting that the company does. While this is good, several watch groups noticed that the company has made it extremely difficult to restrict Microsoft’s access to a user’s data due to its tedious and repetitious process.
For instance, one site tells users that instead of going for the “express install” when installing Windows 10, it’s best to select the “custom install” option instead. But once the option is selected, several pages of toggles would appear that the user has to turn off one by one.
But some sites are suggesting that the best and safest way to protect yourself right now is to avoid using the Edge browser or Cortana until Microsoft makes it privacy policies clearer.