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Microsoft accused of adding spy features to Windows 7, 8


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 10:33 PM

 

Windows' network activity continues to be scrutinized amid privacy concerns. Windows 10 was first put under the microscope with both new and old features causing concern. With its Cortana digital personal assistant, Windows 10 represents a new breed of operating system that incorporates extensive online services as an integral part of the platform. But its older predecessors haven't escaped attention, and questions are now being asked of Windows 7 and 8's online connectivity.

Windows 8 included many of the same online features as are now raising hackles around the Internet. While it had no Cortana, it nonetheless integrated Web and local search, supported logging in and syncing settings with Microsoft Account, included online storage of encryption keys, and so on and so forth. While a few privacy advocates expressed concern at these features when the operating system was first released, the response was far more muted than the one we see today about Windows 10. But a new addition has led to accusations that Windows 8 now mimics one of Windows 10's more problematic features: it reports information to Microsoft even when told not to.

Back in April, Microsoft released a non-security update for both Windows 7 and 8. This update, 3022345, created a new Windows service called the Diagnostics Tracking service. Microsoft describes this service as doing two things. First, it increase the amount of diagnostic data that the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) can collect in order to better diagnose problems. Second, it collects data for third party applications that use the Application Insights service. Application Insights is a preview that allows app developers to track performance issues, crashes, and other problems of their applications. The Diagnostics Tracking service collects this data and

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And you pay for this operating system to spy on you?



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 10:47 PM

Accused by who- Ars Technica, or someone else?



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 10:49 PM

Noes,not 7 too.

Well,if we don't install that update its fine :)

 

I can see how Microsoft is trying to spy on everyone.And for that purpose growing Data Center shows that.



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 06:26 PM

How to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service in Windows
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Posted 01 September 2015 - 06:33 PM

Quite useful, thanks. :thumbup2:



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 06:38 PM

You're welcome.
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Posted 01 September 2015 - 08:37 PM

The Diagnostics Tracking service collects diagnostics about functional issues on Windows systems that participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). CEIP reports do not contain contact information, such as your name, address, or telephone number. This means CEIP will not ask you to participate in surveys or to read junk email, and you will not be contacted in any other way.


A lot of users don't participate in the CEIP, so there's nothing to worry about if you ask me. And you can easily disable it.

Edit: The only issue I have with this update is this.

This update contains the following files that are occasionally updated by the Diagnostic Tracking Service:
telemetry.ASM-WindowsDefault.json
utc.app.json
The two files are marked as static files in the update. When an advanced user runs the System File Checker Tool (sfc.exe), the files are unintentionally flagged as corrupted. There is no impact or actual corruption on a device running this update, and a later service update will resolve this issue.


Edited by Aura, 01 September 2015 - 08:37 PM.

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 02:01 PM

KB3022345, went on my personal blacklist the minute I saw it. Glad to say it's on neither of my machines. Still, I'd better look into making sure the rest of the CEIP is disabled as well.
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Posted 03 September 2015 - 02:09 PM

Disable it for every Microsoft products you have then: Windows, Office, SQL Server, etc.

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 03:28 PM

This feature is really no big deal and the service is easily disabled.
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Posted 03 September 2015 - 04:11 PM

This feature is really no big deal and the service is easily disabled.


Screenshotted and bookmarked that post. Get ready to see it being posted all over the Windows 10 section. Hopefully it'll reassure a few users :P

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 05:12 PM

This feature is really no big deal and the service is easily disabled.

Yes but only if people know about it.



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Posted 03 September 2015 - 08:46 PM

If people are able to Google and read a KB article in English, they should be able to understand what all this is about.

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