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Windows 10 Worst Secret Spins Out Of Control [Updated]

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Update: while Microsoft has so far declined to give feedback on the data here, the Voat thread’s results are being disputed with the argument that Microsoft is responsible for only a small portion of the data tracking that is claimed. In fact the original thread post has now been deleted but the thread continues with heated arguments back and forth over the data.

Where there is consensus is Windows 10 does indeed still submit telemetry data to its servers without making that immediately clear to users who have disabled all accessible telemetry options. What is disputed is the amount.

Update 13/02/16: discussions with Microsoft are ongoing. An update will be posted to this story following these talks.

Back in November Microsoft confirmed Windows 10’s worst kept secret: its extensive telemetry (or ‘spying’ as it has been labelled) cannot be stopped. What no-one realised until now, however, was potentially the extent of it…

Providing a shock is Voat user CheesusCrust whose extensive investigation claims Windows 10 contacts Microsoft to report data thousands of times per day. And the kicker? It is said to happen even after choosing a custom Windows 10 installation and disabling all three pages of tracking options which are all enabled by default.

The raw numbers presented come out as follows: over an eight hour period Windows 10 tried to send data back to 51 different Microsoft IP addresses over 5500 times. After 30 hours of use, Windows 10 expanded that data reporting to 113 non-private IP addresses. Being non-private means there is the potential for hackers to intercept this data. cont

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