BitTorrent Trackers Ban Windows 10 Over Spying Fears
Microsoft released the Windows 10 last month, and although it has been downloaded more than 50 million times already, the new OS is far less well received by certain sections of the online community. At least, not by privacy concious customers anyhow.
Since its release, Windows 10 has been under fire for its invasive approach to user privacy, from passing loads of your data to Microsoft’s servers to stealing your bandwidth and even profiling your Windows usage. Further, Microsoft recently updated its Software License Terms that allowed the company to delete pirated files from Windows 10 computers.
That said, a number of BitTorrent trackers have now banned Windows 10 due to privacy concerns surrounding the OS. Torrent tracker iTS is among the first to do so. It told TorrentFreak that the Redmond-based tech firm lacks transparency over what data its new OS collects and how it is used.
“Unfortunately Microsoft decided to revoke any kind of data protection and submit whatever they can gather to not only themselves but also others. One of those is one of the largest anti-piracy company called MarkMonitor,” a spokesperson for iTS said.
“Amongst other things Windows 10 sends the contents of your local disks directly to one of their servers. Obviously this goes way too far and is a serious threat to sites like ours which is why we had to take measures.”
iTS now redirects Windows 10 users to a video called “Windows 10 is a tool to spy on everything you do.”
Other torrent trackers are likely to follow the suit. TorrentFreak quotes staff from FSC (Fun Sharing Community) saying: “As we all know, Microsoft recently released Windows 10. You as a member should know, that we as a site are thinking about banning the OS from FSC. That would mean you cannot use the site with the OS installed.”
What’s your take on the story? Would you ditch Windows 10 in favor of torrents?
Gohar is the lead editor at TechFrag. He has a wide range of interests when it comes to tech but he's currently spending a big chunk of his time writing about privacy, cyber security, and anything policy related.