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Surrendering Your Privacy, Digit by Digit

Written by Gary North on August 20, 2016

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.)

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