Microsoft will collect data using keylogger from Windows 10 Preview Users

Microsoft will collect data using keylogger from Windows 10 Preview Users.

Microsoft announced its next release, Windows 10 which was previously codenamed Threshold on 30th September 2014. Windows 10 Technical Preview can be downloaded and used for free.

But, the download page clearly states that – “Microsoft will collect data about your installation and use of Windows Technical Preview to help us improve our products and services under About your Privacy section.

Microsoft’s Privacy Statement states –

When you acquire, install and use the Program, Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.

So, before downloading and installing Windows 10 or any software, it is always advisable to read its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

By agreeing to Microsoft Windows 10 Privacy Policy, you are actually allowing Microsoft to even log your keystrokes.

The Privacy Policy clearly mentions, when you –
    • install the Program, we may collect information about your device and applications and use it for purposes such as determining or improving compatibility;
    • use voice input features, such as speech-to-text, we may collect voice information and use it for purposes such as improving speech processing;
    • open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file and how long it takes and use it for purposes such as improving performance;

or

  • enter text, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving auto-complete and spell check features.

Although, Microsoft is insisting to install this version on machines that are not used on daily basis but for computer enthusiasts who have opted to use this version as their main Operating System, this can be a little worrying. It’s highly unlikely that the final version of Windows 10 will include this feature. Not too long, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet wrote a post that Microsoft has built a new real-time telemetry system codenamed “Asimov” that lets the OS team in near real-time what’s happening on users’ machines.

One of the biggest complaints that Microsoft Windows 8 had was that Microsoft did not listen to user feedback. But, now with Windows 10, Microsoft is listening to feedback more than ever.

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