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Windows 10 privacy concerns are growing

Posted by on August 3, 2016.

We’ve often talked about our concerns over Windows 10 privacy. See these for example:

But it seems that we are not alone in our concerns. A new survey undertaken by OnePoll for Comparitech finds the 67% of UK users (and 61% of US users) “would at least consider switching from Windows to Mac due to privacy concerns, with 15% (13% in the US) insisting they would definitely consider swapping.”

I suspect we don’t have much time to persuade Microsoft to change its ways. Its entire business philosophy now seems to be to tie users irrevocably to Microsoft by whatever means necessary as quickly as possible.

“These issues are things that have set off alarm bells within the security community on release of Windows 10 a year ago. Now, with France taking the next step in ordering Microsoft to fix them, it’s a small win for privacy and the wider public who have expressed concerns,” said Paul Bischoff, privacy advocate for Comparitech. “Companies tend to take these issues seriously when people start voting with their wallets, so hopefully the results from this survey should serve as a wake-up call that consumers are becoming more privacy conscious.”

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