The guys from Microsoft had finally done a great job in releasing a new OS for all the desktops and laptops that are still alive and kicking all around the world. Windows 10 was received with critical acclaim, was praised and reviewed by the experts and was offered the stamp of high quality. But no miracle lasts more than three days, as now, unfortunate news ruin the frenzy around Microsoft’s new product.
According to recent comments from users, the default settings in Windows 10 are designed to harvest personal information in a way that infringe on users’ privacy. Well, that doesn’t sound new to our ears but it does sound surprising, as we wouldn’t expect Microsoft to be so far from the fair play game. We know that we live in a world that feeds on information, especially personal pieces of information which completely steal our right to privacy, but there was still hope that some of the tech giants keep their track records clean and operate on a market that deserves a little bit of respect.
Seemingly, when users start using the software, Microsoft saves entire batches of basic information about them, such as names, passwords and contact details. It also collects contents of private communications such as e-mail, websites and download apps, as well as the contents of private folders. The story does not end here, as Microsoft harvests search queries from its Bing search engine and conversations users manage with Cortana, their digital voice assistant. Even the Windows 10 privacy statement says” your typed and handwritten words are collected”. This is a very bold approach on transparency, so to speak. So, Windows 10 works flawlessly, it was envisioned with a bunch of upgrades that make it perform at top levels, it has everything improved and perfected in order to satisfy the entire pool of users.
But everything comes with a price, and nowadays the most common price we are asked for in exchange of technological performance is privacy.
According to the experts, users are offered the alternative to skip the data collection but we are more often than not unaware of the scale of the collection and we ignore reviewing our privacy settings. The world nowadays pays its bills with our naiveté. And because genuine people remain genuine and fail to fall under the suspicion bridge, they pay the price of their right to privacy.
Facts tell us that Windows 10 has privacy issues and no matter how advanced, highly performant, upgraded is the new Microsoft system, it is not worth our most valuable right. Privacy is not for sale and tech giants should begin to learn that once and for all.
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