We are losing our privacy forever. Most people just don’t care.
We can see this with the free upgrade to Windows 10. It went on for a year. It was difficult not to accept the upgrade. You had to take steps to avoid it or the promotion. I sent out instructions on how to avoid the automatic installation.
Windows 10 sucks our data into its data base. The Windows 10 agreement is clear:
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.
No one cares. How do I know? Because this information has been public for a year. It first hit the Web in late July 2015.
I did a Google search for this (quotation marks create an exact search):
“Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications”
I got a lot of hits.
I am reminded of Paul’s words to King Agrippa: “For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner” (Acts 26:26).
The public does not care.
You can (and should) install Windows 10 with the privacy shields on high. There are lots of articles on this. They have been available for a year. This one is good: click here.
(For the rest of my article, click the link.)