Don’t want Microsoft tracking you online and collecting data on your computing habits? Then you probably shouldn’t install the Windows 10 Technical Preview
Turns out these rumors were correct, but according to Microsoft they should have known about the data collection from the beginning, because they ‘agreed to it’.
“With Windows 10, we’re kicking off the largest ever open collaborative development effort that will change the way we build and deliver Windows,” a Redmond spokesperson told El Reg in an emailed statement. “Users who join the Windows Insider Program and opt-in to the Windows 10 Technical Preview are choosing to provide data and feedback that will help shape the best Windows experience for our customers.”
That explicitly includes “personal information,” the terms go on to say, and Microsoft might even contact program members with additional information that is personalized just for them.
And then there’s this gem, which is the one that got everyone moaning about keyloggers:
[When you] enter text, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features.