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March 03 2017

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Spyware in Windows: Windows Update snoops on the user. Windows 8.1 snoops on local searches. And there's a secret NSA key in Windows, whose functions we don't know.
Microsoft's Software Is Malware - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation

[posted: Sep. 7 2015. source]

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Microsoft’s new small print – how your personal data is (ab)used

Windows 10 - Windows Surveillance Edition.

“A French tech news website Numerama analysed the new privacy policy and found a number of conditions users should be aware of:

By default, when signing into Windows with a Microsoft account, Windows syncs some of your settings and data with Microsoft servers, for example ‘web browser history, favorites, and websites you have open’ as well as ‘saved app, website, mobile hotspot, and Wi-Fi network names and passwords’. Users can however deactivate this transfer to the Microsoft servers by changing their settings.

More problematic from a data protection perspective is however the fact that Windows generates a unique advertising ID for each user on a device. This advertising ID can be used by third parties, such as app developers and advertising networks for profiling purposes.

Also, when device encryption is on, Windows automatically encrypts the drive Windows is installed on and generates a recovery key. The BitLocker recovery key for the user’s device is automatically backed up online in the Microsoft OneDrive account.

Microsoft’s updated terms also state that they collect basic information from you and your devices, including for example ‘app use data for apps that run on Windows’ and ‘data about the networks you connect to.’

Users who chose to enable Microsoft’s personal assistant software ‘Cortana’ have to live with the following invasion to their privacy: ‘To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more.’ But this is not all, as this piece of software also analyses undefined ‘speech data’: ‘we collect your voice input, as well your name and nickname, your recent calendar events and the names of the people in your appointments, and information about your contacts including names and nicknames.’

But Microsoft’s updated privacy policy is not only bad news for privacy. Your free speech rights can also be violated on an ad hoc basis as the company warns:

‘We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to’, for example, ‘protect their customers’ or ‘enforce the terms governing the use of the services’.”

[posted: Sep. 7 2015. source]

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en.wikipedia.org: Screenshot of Windows 10, Showing the Start Menu and Action Center

[posted: Sep. 7 2015. source]

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snapfiles.com: Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use, with lots of similarities to Windows 7 including the Start menu. It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware you already have.

[posted: Sep. 7 2015. source]

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[reposted from @DosAmp on Sep. 7 2015. source]

July 15 2013

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We call Windows 8.1 ‘Windows Prison Edition’ because it’s designed to require people to send data to Microsoft servers, and of course, Microsoft will hand over any of that data to the US government on request. It puts the users in prison.
— Richard Stallman, founder of GNU project and the Free Software Foundation (via RT News)

July 11 2013

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Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages | World news | guardian.co.uk

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

  • Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

  • The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

  • The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

  • Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases;

  • Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in October 2011, worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video of conversations as well as audio;

  • Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport".

Read the full report!

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‘NSA already had pre-encryption access to Outlook email.’ PRE ENCRYPTION ACCESS. PRE FUCKING ENCRYPTION ACCESS.
— exiledsurfer (via Twitter)

June 14 2013

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Close Windows, open doors.
Reposted bypowerToThePoeplemofojekle
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