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Is it really as big of an issue as people say? can you still disable the spying programs? why is microsoft allowed to do this?.

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I haven't really given a damn about the issue, frankly.

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haha tin foil hat on... who knows but yes you can disable them, but there are hidden features the require spybot anti beacon if you want to disable them.

Not only that but some settings get changed by themselves as you update or forced to update that is so you have to keep resetting some of your privacy settings

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They're Microsoft... 

And Maybe something on little letters on the part you accept everything without reading =P

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It is, until you go into Settings and turn off the tracking stuff. But even then, you still can't entirely disable it (at least right now, anyway; I wouldn't count on it, but MS might change that in the future)

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You can disable most of it when installing Windows (can be done after as well), but there are some things that are still active, even if you say no to everything during install. 

 

Barnacules has a video on how to disable all of it. (or, at least everything that can be disabled)

 

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No its not an issue

 

If you think its an issue then you should get off the internet immediately, because there are dozens of other companies/organizations spying on everything you do anyway

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You can disable most of it when installing Windows (can be done after as well), but there are some things that are still active, even if you say no to everything during install. 

 

Barnacules has a video on how to disable all of it. (or, at least everyuthing that can be disabled)

thats the very one i watched lol

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Most of you guys are probably using Facebook and Google what do you think they do? Especially Google they know everything about me... So what?!

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Is it really as big of an issue as people say? can you still disable the spying programs? why is microsoft allowed to do this?.

There's a service that need to be disabled in service.msc

Microsoft also can delete your files too.

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If Microsoft was actually spying on people, no company (which makes the most of the PC marketshare) would upgrade to Windows 10, and look at different OS solutions. It would be suicidal for Microsoft to do so.

That is the reality of things.

The real difference is that the Privacy Policy and License agreement of Windows 10 has been written in such a way where you don't need a team of lawyers to understand, so now people are getting it, miss interpreting what is being said, fueled by sites desperate for clicks for ads revenue, and putting sensationalist title and out of context quotes.

If you are concerned, I would personally suggest reading both carefully, and make your own conclusions. But this is nothing new to Windows.

What Microsoft collects is what is called Telemetry data. Steam collects it, Facebook, Google services, Chrome, Android and so on.

Telemetry data varies. Steam is more interested in what people have as hardware, Microsoft too (how many displays do you have, where do you position your task bar, do you have an SSD or HDD, what is your screen resolution, etc.). Nothing is there to identify you directly. It s used to better know for the company what they should focus on as features and what to drop. For example, Windows 8 and 10 doesn't have by default DVD playback. Microsoft from it's telemetry data it collected from Windows 7, and supported by Windows 8, very few people used their DVD drive to play a DVD movie. As Windows price was always complained to be pricey, to drop it (and they did), they removed DVD codec amongst other things, such as Media Center and all associated codecs for recording and playback. They made it. As you can see, no one really freaked out. If you want DVD playback (sadly not Media Center anymore), you can get via an add-on that Microsoft sales (if you previously got the add-on from Win8, or had it in Win7, then the DVD playback ability is given to you when you upgrade to Win10)

For Windows 10, is doesn't stop there, mostly because you have multiple services integrated in the OS such as: Cortana (disabled by default), OneDrive, and associate your account with Microsoft account, to sync settings between systems, and you have the app store, amongst other things. This means that Microsoft has access to (potentially, as you'll be providing that information if you use the store or a service like Grove Music), your credit card. Microsoft will have access to your files that you put in OneDrive, to provide you the service (as you'll be uploading your files to OneDrive as you put them in the OneDrive folder, so that you can access them on any system, and have it sync between you systems). Cortana, like Google voice recognition and Apple's Siri, need voice analysis, which are process, many requests, via their servers, and speech patterns is used to improve the recognition system.

Again, you don't have to use any of these services.

Also, as Windows 8 and 10 has Apps, like your Android phone or iPhone, like Google, there is tracking for ad targeting. This is called advertisement ID. Something else you can disable from the settings panel in Windows 10, or in the first startup, if you click on customize. The ads are, like in your phone, displayed only on select apps where the developer choose to have ads.

You can disable all of it under Setting -> Privacy if you are concerned, except telemetry data collecting, which you can set to only Basic. Sadly, and I think this is perhaps why you have thin foil hat people freak out, Microsoft doesn't detail what they collect between Full and Basic, so people think Microsoft collect your every move, and you have a person going through your files, and watching what you are doing, maybe even turning on your web cam and filming you, maybe the NSA is associated with Windows 10, and that is why it is free, NSA paid Microsoft to monitor people. The New Order / Illuminati controls every government for their own NSA spying to spy on it's users... oh boy.

Believe what you want. All I can say is if you are concerned, read the privacy policy of Windows 10, and make the decision yourself.

If you are concerned about your privacy, and seek maximum privacy, that is fine, and respect that.

I can also suggest you software and services that you might or might be using already. For example, Firefox. This web browser by Mozilla are privacy advocates and collects nothing from you, unlike Chrome which monitors everything you do, every site you go to, associate it all with your Google account, and build a profile on you for target advertisement and selling that information (those are how Google makes its money). Of course, Bing does the same thing, that is how they make money. Of course the information that Bing or Google collects is again not to identify you directly. No one is going DavidB722 real name is: Tom Tomson, and he like this, and that, has particular interest in that, has probably this medical condition because he looked at it, etc. No. The information that company buys from Microsoft or Google, is called market research data. Data that they compile to go: 80% of people in the age group of 18-25 who have an iPhone, complain about short battery life on their iPhone 6S. We were thinking of making this battery cover thing for the phone. We now know that there is indeed a market for this idea, so let's spend the millions to make it, and aim design colors that target this audience, and prepare marketing materials aimed at them. That is how it all works.

In the old days, they used to do surveys. The problem with that is that most people aren't willing to spend time to do a survey unless they know the company, and are fans of their products already. While it is nice to cater a product to them, it doesn't allow extension. Very hard. They can include a gift item if they do the survey to get more people to do it, but it was found that most people just complete them quickly, putting whatever, just to get the gift. The result is that many time (around 80% of the time), companies invest millions of dollars in R&D to make a product, but fail miserably, as the data they got was just wrong, or the wrong the questions were asked in the survey or the sample size or different locations was too close together, etc.

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Is it really as big of an issue as people say? can you still disable the spying programs? why is microsoft allowed to do this?.

1. End users have a tendency to go from intelligent people to retarded special snowflakes when computers are involved (hint if it has a power cable it's IT's issue).

2. Microsoft want to follow apple down the 'tailor everything to a 5 year old' market.

3. Microsoft should have left the ability to remove/disable these services with non-Enterprise versions of the OS.

4. Two main ways to stop this tracking is:

a) get windows 10 Enterprise and set GPOs to disable, and 

b) Identify the IP/Domain Names of the servers MS is using for this and Blocking them on your network (hint, unless you can get access to the CLI of your router/modem you are not going to want to do this as there are hundreds).

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