Windows 10 Spying? Microsoft reveals it knows "how many hours" you use Windows 10

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  1. Mike

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    As reportedly prominently by many tech websites, Microsoft has reportedly, inadvertently revealed information about its ability to mass aggregate data about its customers (some have called this... spying). One such company is GoldenFrog, writing:

    Microsoft Reveals it’s Spying on Windows 10 Users

    Microsoft, in a blog post published Monday, shared some statistics on the popularity of its Windows 10 platform. In addition to showing the platform’s success, the post also highlighted some serious privacy concerns associated with Windows 10 – concerns which were previously reported in July. In brief, Microsoft is collecting vast amounts of data and spying on Windows 10 users.

    As summarized by BGR, the blog post included the following “milestones” from Microsoft:

    • People have spent over 11 billion hours on Windows 10 in December alone.
    • Over 44.5 billion minutes spent in Microsoft Edge across Windows 10 devices in just the last month.
    • Over 2.5 billion questions asked of Cortana since launch.
    • Around 30% more Bing search queries per Windows 10 device vs. prior versions of Windows.
    • Over 82 billion photos viewed within the Windows 10 Photo app.
    • Gaming continues to grow on Windows 10 – in 2015, gamers spent over 4 billion hours playing PC games on Windows 10.
    • Gamers have streamed more than 6.6 million hours of Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs."
    Further...

    "As described by Forbes, 'That’s a crazy amount, but what is even crazier is the revelation that Microsoft is tracking exactly how long every single user is using Windows 10.'"

    Source: Microsoft Reveals it's Spying on Windows 10 Users | Golden Frog
     
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    Microsoft spying is news?

    I do agree with Forbes that their figgures are hard to credit but it does show Microsoft doesn't really care about its customers privacy, yes all large companies spy but at least they have the humility to deny it.
     
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