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France Drops Windows 10 Privacy Case After Microsoft Changes Telemetry Settings (betanews.com) 51

Reader Mark Wilson writes: There have been lots of complaints about invasion of privacy since the release of Windows 10. Microsoft's telemetry lead to several lawsuits, including one from France's National Data Protection Commission which said Windows 10 was collecting 'excessive personal data' about users. But now the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libert's has decided to drop its case against Microsoft. The commission is happy that sufficient steps have been taken to reduce the amount of data that is collected and users are now informed about data collection.
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France Drops Windows 10 Privacy Case After Microsoft Changes Telemetry Settings

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  • by opus_magnum ( 1688810 ) on Friday June 30, 2017 @02:03PM (#54720847)
    Another lawsuit?
    • by davester666 ( 731373 ) on Friday June 30, 2017 @03:18PM (#54721277) Journal

      1. It's still enabled. You can't really turn it off, short of disconnecting the computer from the internet.
      2. You still don't know exactly what Microsoft is transmitting to their servers. It's just "less than before".
      3. There is no limit as to what is transmitted to their servers, nor will there be any notification or approval required when they decide to increase what is being transmitted to their servers.

  • QLEB? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Hognoxious ( 631665 )

    WTF is a libert? The noise frogs make, perhaps?

    • Re:QLEB? (Score:4, Informative)

      by Frederic54 ( 3788 ) on Friday June 30, 2017 @02:31PM (#54721039) Journal

      liberté, but you know /. only handle ASCII from 32 to 127 or something like if it was 1970

      • You managed it. Seems this Mark Wilson fucktard doesn't know how to proofread. They'll probably offer him a job.

      • liberté, but you know /. only handle ASCII from 32 to 127 or something like if it was 1970

        Most computers in 1970 only handled 32 to 96 (no lowercase nor the exotic graphics characters {, |, }, ~ ). The IBM EBCDIC punch cards and mainframe machines were also only uppercase back then, although the set of graphics characters was slight different from the ASCII ones. Same with teletype machines, line printers, and video monitors. I would guess it was around mid to late 70s when lowercase became

  • Wow (Score:5, Funny)

    by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Friday June 30, 2017 @02:20PM (#54720969)

    Someone finally surrendered to France. :-)

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Charlemagne and the Franks, Joan of Arc, Napoleon, American independence against the British (the French helped a lot). In modern times, most French military operations are mostly successful. Yes, WWI and WWII France started off losing, but eventually won with the help of allies. They traded wins and losses against the British throughout the period around 1100-1750. Like the British their colonies eventually won independence.

      I'm sure you meant it as a joke, but the French have a fairly impressive militar

      • Charlemagne and the Franks

        The Franks were a germanic tribe that invaded and conquered the Gauls.

        Joan of Arc

        Not sure how being burned at a stake halfway during a campaign counts as a win.

        Napoleon

        Utterly crushed.

        American independence against the British (the French helped a lot)

        If I cheer for and do a favour for someone, may I claim all their victories?

        WWI and WWII France started off losing, but eventually won with the help of allies

        A battleground/doormat got rescued by allies.

        While the meme isn't entirely true, it has quite a bit of validity.

  • What was the point of this entire case? MS has always warned about what they send. Warning is not disabling. From: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-... [microsoft.com]

    Microsoft does not intend to gather sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, email addresses, or other similarly sensitive information for Linguistic Data Collection. We guard against such events by using technologies to identify and remove sensitive information before linguistic data is sent from the user's device. If we determine that sensitive information has been inadvertently received, we delete the information.

  • Off.

  • Reality check (Score:5, Insightful)

    by WaffleMonster ( 969671 ) on Friday June 30, 2017 @03:05PM (#54721219)

    Telling someone your going to do something first before you do it does not legitimize the underlying action.

    Amount of data required to be sent to Microsoft to ensure proper operation of Windows is 0 bytes.

    Take it or leave it demands are not choices to the extent Windows is not a commodity and leaving it isn't a viable option.

    Windows 10 is malware.

    • All variants of Microsoft Windows could be malware because all proprietary software could be malware. There's no reason to point to just Windows 10 as it shares the same problems other non-free OSes and non-free programs do. The only way to get software you can trust is to only run free software on your computer—software that respects one's freedom to run, share, inspect, and modify.

      When you prioritize convenience by saying "leaving it [Windows] isn't a viable option" you've narrowed the allowable ter

    • Completely agree. An OS does not need to send any info to the manufacturer to work.
      You should be able to completely disable the sending on any data. I was hoping cases like this would force Microsoft to do the right thing but it seems goverments really don't care. This will only be seen by OS makers as a green light to get more bolder with user spying, publicity and other anti user "features".
      Right now I'm not happy with any OS of the major manufacturers (Apple, Microsoft and Google). They all try to eit
  • Wonder how many 0s those "steps" had.

  • In other words Microsoft finally agreed to share their "telemetry" data with the French government.

  • Will it still send all your key presses and search queries back to Fort Meade, er I mean Redmond :)

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