Microsoft to Implement Windows 10 Data Policy to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1
Microsoft recently revised its services agreement that could theoretically block pirated games and unauthorized software. The new terms apply to various Microsoft services including Windows 10, Xbox Live, Office 365, Skype, Outlook.com, OneDrive, Bing and MSN.
This has caused a great deal of controversy among users who have recently updated to the new operating system. In addition to this, various users are concerned about Microsoft’s data policy in regards to monitoring user activity. Some privacy-conscious customers have already reverted back to older operating systems.
However, that doesn’t seem to help as Microsoft has now decided to implement updates in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 which report information back to Microsoft’s servers. The updates in question are KB3075249 and KB3080149 and designed to:
KB3075249: “Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 ”
KB3080149: “This update aligns down-level devices on the same UTC binary that’s released in Windows 10. This update would enable all the down-level devices to receive the software updates, design updates, and additional power and performance tuning.”
Once installed, the updates are known to report your data back to Microsoft servers in a similar way to Windows 10. Though the updates are optional, and Windows cannot, under any circumstances, apply the updates automatically.
Redmond justifies this act by saying it requires this information to customizable apps such as Cortana to your needs. But that doesn’t seem to be a sufficient of clarification for some users who feel aggrieved by this intrusive data sharing and decided to dismiss Windows 10 for this very reason.
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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.