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    An interesting take on WX data privacy

    France data authority criticises Windows 10 over privacy

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36854909

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    With absolutely no details only a broad accusation very similar to many complaints elsewhere that have been voiced with no information to back them up. All the data is encrypted so it is impossible to tell what is being sent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    With absolutely no details only a broad accusation very similar to many complaints elsewhere that have been voiced with no information to back them up. All the data is encrypted so it is impossible to tell what is being sent.
    But has Microsoft previously responded that it will work closely with a complainant to eliminate concerns?

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    That is their typical first response to a governmental entity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    That is their typical first response to a governmental entity.
    Any prior examples if this is typical?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Any prior examples if this is typical?
    See http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/04...ng-rivals.html from 2007, this http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/busines...t_18224047.htm from 2014, or this http://money.cnn.com/1998/05/18/tech...icrosoft_suit/ going back to 1998. Microsoft and almost all companies want to "discuss" issues and "find mutually agreeable" solutions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    See http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/04...ng-rivals.html from 2007, this http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/busines...t_18224047.htm from 2014, or this http://money.cnn.com/1998/05/18/tech...icrosoft_suit/ going back to 1998. Microsoft and almost all companies want to "discuss" issues and "find mutually agreeable" solutions.
    OK, thanks. But those were all anti-monopoly cases about competition and pricing

    This is the first time Microsoft has indicated an intention to discuss the privacy implications of Windows 10 and "work towards acceptable solutions".

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    It seemed obvious to me when I read of W10's move into heavy 'data slurping' [iirc Susan Bradley article(s)] that there would be blowback from Europe. MS will have to learn where the line is drawn, same as all the other big slurpers like Google and FB who have gone before.

    With MS's serious move into mobile, they'll need all the data they can slurp to compete as an advertising platform. With Verizon's presumed merging of AOL and Yahoo next year, followed by similar moves by other carriers, the ad delivery space is going to get progressively crowded.
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    So what. I never said that the response was limited to a complaint about privacy just that this is the more typical response to a complaint. Microsoft and almost every other company says they "want to understand the complaint and work towards a mutually agreeable solution". This or something similar is the public reaction to show that they are "aware and concerned".

    Besides which the French have said nothing that has not been said already. They offered no new details about the data being collected as I don't believe they know since the data is encrypted. They just think it is too much.

    It is entirely possible that Microsoft will agree to some minor adjustments on default settings in Win10 and maybe consolidate the data collection settings to make them more easily accessible to the end user.
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