Microsoft responds to Windows 10 privacy policy concerns – Computerworld

It’s another firestorm out there, now that folks have started analyzing the new privacy policies for Windows 10. Many of the criticisms stem from a reading of one particular policy statement, which seems to indicate that Microsoft will normally protect your personal information — except in those cases when it won’t protect your personal information. Here is the new Windows 10 privacy policy:

“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 protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services.”

In addition, a few people have noted that Cortana, the new personal assistant that works like Siri, can track your location and other preferences. Oh, and then there’s the new “feature” that serves customized ads to you, even when you are playing games.

As is usually the case, some of these concerns are valid and some are coming from users and experts who may not fully understand the topic or who have never directly contacted Microsoft to understand what the policies mean. There’s a sense that people are starting a fight, or that there’s a bone to pick. I’m just as concerned about privacy, and the last thing I want to do is have my personal information tracked and stored. Yet I also hate misinformation. And, thus far, it’s all been one-sided.

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