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France: Microsoft given 3 months to fix Windows 10 security and privacy

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Post by Raffles » Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:52 am

by Lisa Vaas

France’s privacy watchdog has declared that Windows 10 is gobbling up too much data and snooping on users’ browsing without their consent.

The National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has given Microsoft 3 months to get its act together and to get compliant with the French Data Protection Act.

That means that Microsoft has to stop collecting “excessive data” and tracking browsing by users without their consent. CNIL Director Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin is also demanding that Microsoft “take satisfactory measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of user data.”

The CNIL sent Microsoft a formal notice on 30 June.

The commission didn’t make that letter public until Wednesday.

The CNIL has been concerned about Windows 10 since Microsoft released it a year ago.

The new operating system’s release sparked a storm of controversy over privacy: Concerns have risen over the Wi-Fi password sharing feature, Microsoft’s plans to keep people from running counterfeit software, the inability to opt out of security updates, weekly dossiers sent to parents on their kids’ online activity, and the fact that Windows 10 by default shares a lot of your personal information – contacts, calendar details, text and touch input, location data, and more – with Microsoft’s servers.

Amid the past year’s furor, the CNIL carried out its own tests of the operating system to see what was really going on and whether Windows 10 was compliant with the Act.

It conducted a total of 7 tests in April and June. As well, the watchdog questioned Microsoft about its privacy policy.

Those tests revealed “many failures,” the CNIL said, including…


    Irrelevant or excessive data collected: Microsoft is collecting diagnostic and usage data via its telemetry service, which uses such data, among other things, to identify problems and to improve products. But that also includes what the CNIL calls extraneous data, including data on all the apps downloaded and installed on the system by a user and the time spent on each one: data that’s not necessary for operation of the service.
    Lack of security: Microsoft doesn’t limit the number of attempts that can be made to enter a 4-character PIN for authentication with online services, including to access a user’s Microsoft account, which lists sensitive data such as store purchases and payment details.
    Lack of individual consent: An advertising ID is activated by default on installation, without users’ consent, enabling Windows apps and other parties’ apps to monitor user browsing and to target advertising at users.
    Lack of information and no option to block cookies: Microsoft’s sticking advertising cookies on users’ terminals without properly informing them in advance or enabling them to opt out.
    Data still being transferred outside EU on a “safe harbour” basis: Microsoft’s transferring account holders’ personal data to the US on a “safe harbor” basis, in spite of the Safe Harbor agreement having been ruled invalid by the top EU court in October 2015.

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Post by Bell 407 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:52 am

I see the pesky little Windows 10 notification has at last been removed from my system as I did not take the option of the free upgrade. I am concerned about the snoopyness of Win 10 and will so how things improve in future. At the moment, Win 7 is purring along very nicely indeed :dance:



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:33 am

Bell 407 wrote:At the moment, Win 7 is purring along very nicely indeed :dance:
So is OSX 10 Yosemite oh and no pesky notifications either :bingo:



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Post by Raffles » Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:59 pm

I installed an app called Never10 and never looked back :good:

It stops Windows 10 from bugging you and stops it from secretly downloading on your machine. You can also remove the files that have already downloaded without your consent and you can revert if you eventually do wish to install 10. It doesn't deliver spam or spyware.

Take a look at it here --> https://www.grc.com/never10.htm



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