Microsoft updates its privacy policy to stop the rumors

Windows 10's privacy issues is a topic that we've already discussed at length and I've already showed you how to easily solve these problems with a little tool named Windows Tweaker. Furthermore, there have been a lot of rumors going rampant on the Internet about Microsoft taking and selling the customer's private data to advertising companies, verifying the integrity of apps and games, reading people's emails, etc. This is why the IT giant has decided to change its privacy policy and try to put a stop to all the speculations that keep people from using the company's latest operating system.

As far as I'm concerned, these new terms are a bit clearer, but still not totally disproving of the rumors that have been going around. For example, a really great thing is that Microsoft has plainly stated that the private data it collects about its users will never be shared advertisers. Furthermore, the new privacy statement also clearly specified that the error reports only collect minimal data about the users' hardware and not personal data such as email content, documents, or any other of the customers private data. (This is only true if the Basic telemetry level is selected.)

On the downside, Microsoft also stated that the private data contained by the Outlook service or your OneDrive files will only be disclosed to the authorities or to improve the security of the company's services. However, the thing that will make many customers unhappy is the following sub-point: "If we receive information indicating that someone is using our products or 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." (Once again this only applies to Outlook and OneDrive.)

To be completely honest, even after this new privacy policy, I still think that the more things change the more they stay the same. Yes, Microsoft has clarified a few points and was really specific with why it's necessary for specific services to collect certain data, but that doesn't really make me feel much comfortable.

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