Thanks. I might look into that a bit more when I have the time. I wonder: How do professional people (sys admins) tweak Windows 10 for their organizations? Because there is a lot to tweak if you are dealing with confidential information. Can sys admins get Windows 10 updates without Microsoft turning on "features"? I am just thinking aloud. The reason is because I can easily see individuals giving up on privacy. I have a much harder time understanding how any business/organization would be willing to do that.
Today I bring more bad news. I found an article about the keylogger in Win 10 that was confirmed for Preview but then thought to be removed for final build. Seems Microsoft found this “feature” so useful that it is still there.
There are lots of crazy articles on the Internet (I know). What's important is what Microsoft say themselves. The following passage is telling:
Microsoft pretty much admits it has a keylogger in its Windows10speech, inking, typing, and privacy FAQ:
“When you interact with your Windows device by speaking, writing (handwriting), or typing, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information—including information about your Calendar and People (also known as contacts)… “
I copied and pasted the article as a reference for this thread:
Lincoln Spector | @LincolnSpector
Contributing Editor, PCWorld Sep 4, 2015 7:40 AM
Last fall, I discussed the keylogger that Microsoft openly put into the Windows 10 Technical Preview. The company admitted that “we may collect voice information” and “typed characters.”At the time I defended Microsoft, pointing out that the Preview was “intended for testing, not day-to-day use,” and that Microsoft recommended against installing the Preview on a computer with sensitive files. I said that “I seriously doubt that the worst spyware features will remain in the finished product.”
I was wrong.
Microsoft pretty much admits it has a keylogger in its Windows10speech, inking, typing, and privacy FAQ: “When you interact with your Windows device by speaking, writing (handwriting), or typing, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information—including information about your Calendar and People (also known as contacts)…”
If that makes you feel creepy, welcome to the human race.
Speaking of online Microsoft documents, you may want to browse the company’s overall Privacy Statement. To Microsoft’s credit, it’s in plain English rather than legalese. On the other hand, it’s about 17,000 words (as someone who’s paid by the word, I’m frankly jealous), so it will take time to find out if there’s anything else that’s truly awful inside.
The good news is that you can turn off the keylogging. Click Settings (it’s on the Start menu’s left pane) to open the Settings program. You’ll find Privacy...ummm....hold on a sec...OH! There it is!—on the very last row.
Once in Privacy, go to the General section and Turn off Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future. While you’re there, examine the other options and consider if there’s anything else here that you may want to change.
Now go to the Speech, inking and typing section and click Stop getting to know me. (I really wanted to end that sentence with an exclamation point.)
You may also want to explore other options in Privacy. For instance, you can control which apps get access to your camera, microphone, contacts, and calendar. I wish I had that capability in Android.
End of article.