Windows 10 preview lets Microsoft collect private data in frightening ways

Microsoft’s Insider Program that offers access to the first
Windows 10 preview version is already available to
interested users, but they should know the company’s
privacy policy for Windows 10 contains some strange
permissions that allow Microsoft to collect user data in
unexpected ways, The Inquirer reports.
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Many computer users usually ignore terms of service or
privacy policy documents, but they should pay attention to
what the Windows 10 privacy policy has to say. The
document reveals that Microsoft can collect and use voice
information and even record text input for some
applications, suggesting that Windows 10 can at any time
send such data to the company without the user knowing
what is happening.
“We may collect information about your device and
applications and use it for purposes such as determining or
improving compatibility” and “use voice input features like
speech-to-text, we may collect voice information and use it
for purposes such as improving speech processing,” the
company says about voice data collection.
“If you open a file, we may collect information about the file,
the application used to open the file, and how long it takes
any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance,
or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we
may collect typed characters and use them for purposes
such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features,”
Microsoft writes about this unexpected Windows 10 key-
logging feature.
To further improve its upcoming desktop operating system,
Microsoft says it may collect even more data about users.
“Microsoft collects information about you, your devices,
applications and networks, and your use of those devices,
applications and networks,” the Windows 10 preview terms
state. “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.”
SOURCE:
THE INQUIREr