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    Windows 7 MAY BE Spying on You

    Re: KB3075249, KB3080149 and KB3068708 (which replaces KB3022345)
    You will ONLY see these WinUpdates if your computer is OPTED-IN to share info with MS Customer Experience Improvement Program.

    With the latest Windows Update patches, Microsoft has now introduced some of the worst parts of Windows 10 to Windows 7 and 8 users. Check out the following Gordon Kelly news article which includes detailed instructions on how to uninstall and hide the relevant Windows Update patches in Windows 7 and 8.1.

    Windows 10 Worst Feature Now Installing On Windows 7 And Windows 8
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke...and-windows-8/


    Update: as per macropod, this only affects those who opted in to MS Customer Experience Improvement Program.
    Sorry for the alarm.
    Last edited by LarryNY; 2015-09-09 at 08:51. Reason: KB update

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    These updates only apply to people who have already agreed to share information with Microsoft, via its Customer Experience Improvement Program. It does not apply to Windows 7 & 8 users at large.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

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    I was today offered those patches as optional ones and I have not, to the best of my knowledge, volunteered to share info with MS in any way. Those patches are currently hidden and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
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    NotQuite, Not So Damp In Lotus Land

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    IMO, much more ado about nothing. Telemetry enables Microsoft to make future design decisions and fix problems. If you choose to not participate that is certainly your right. But lets not jump off the deep end about what is being done. There is absolutely NO proof anywhere that personal data is being collected and used. Everyone should take a deep breath and do some investigation about what is being done. There are many Microsoft followers in the technical press who would raise heel if there was even a hint of devious behavior in the data collection.

    Joe

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    Is this link on the BBC's site relevant to your argument Joe? If it was true that MS were giving/selling info to the NSA et al, then they wouldn't be fighting it in the courts....

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    Supposedly with the NSA Microsoft were obeying a lawful search warrant. What they are fighting in the courts right now is a US warrant to retrieve email stored outside the US. No, I don't think it is relevant to this discussion. This discussion is about telemetry (data gathering) within various products to be used for design decisions and help diagnose problems. As noted in post #2 the data is only sent to Microsoft if the user opts in to the CEIP.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    IMO, much more ado about nothing.
    Woody agrees:

    The truth about Windows 7 and 8.1 'spy patches' KB 3068708, 3022345, 3075249, 3080149
    The patches are opt-in, easily turned off, and part of a long-established campaign of gathering data under the CEIP

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