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Does wndows 10 scan your computer and steal your data?

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is it true that windows 10 scans the files on your computer and uploads the list of content without your consent?

this was in the news recently 

 

apparently, file sharers are afraid windows 10 is making a list of files on their computers

now, I am absolutely against the govt. being able to invade your privacy and a software company should not be giving information to a govt. company without a warrant. 

but is this a legitimate concern or just people looking for a reason to criticize windows 10?

 

exactly how much information are they taking from your computer and sharing?

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Probably. By default, it collects as much information about your data to help with seamless integration, peer-to-peer networking, Cortana assistance, etc. Those features could be disabled, but the entire experience with Windows 10 is supposed to be with those features on. If you want total privacy, go to a Linux distro.

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Without your consent? No. All data is anonomized and used for antivirus/antimalware purposes. It's opt-in, just as it always has been.

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Just opt out of every feature that asks if you want to share information with Microsoft, no matter how rosy the purpose they claim it is for  :)

 

Of course they can still collect information in the background surreptitiously, but as Waco pointed out all of the data collected is supposed to be anonymized and untraceable back to the first person user.  Depending on how big your tin hat is......... in the end it won't really matter.  The government probably already has extensive database profiles on every citizen who has ever been online, used a cell phone or even a pager.

 

All you can do is try to minimize the exposure and leave your final fate to the great wizard behind the curtain floating around in the "cloud".  :)

 

However, it does sound like MS is positioning themselves to take a more militant approach when it comes to their own intellectual property (hardware or software).

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