Microsoft Stop Snooping?

Did you know that YOU told Microsoft they could spy on you when they want to. By spying, we are talking about collecting information about the program, but never the less, they have to keep an eye on their product, but they do it without you knowing.

This sort of snooping may sound bad, but with Microsoft they are looking for issues they can correct that might not be picked up by windows update, it is also a great way to see if there are any bugs in their systems that they have not yet noticed. Microsoft terms and conditions do say that they will use your system, but who really reads all that info before pressing continue.


Actually, here’s one excerpt from Microsoft’s privacy statement that everyone can understand:

Finally, 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: 1.comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies; 2.protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone; 3.operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or 4.protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.


From Network World

But there were downsides, like the endless reboot loops people became stuck in when applying a bad patch. So Microsoft relented, but curiously it didn’t tell anyone. Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows went digging through a patch (which Microsoft does not detail any more) and found KB3081448, which said only that it “includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10.”

Thurrott noticed that there was a toggle for turning automatic app updates on and off. The On/Off toggle was grayed-out prior to the fix. He theorized that maybe it was simply a bug that was supposed to be working in prior builds.

Not all the news is positive. discovered three recent updates to Windows 7 and 8 that add the same kind of information and data gathering found on Windows 10 to those older operating systems. There was a fourth, but it was replaced by one of the three. They are:

KB3068708: Described as “This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.”

Article Microsoft caves on Windows 10 mandatory updates, but adds spying apps to Windows 7/8