Yesterday my colleague Adrian Kingsley-Hughes shared his thoughts on Microsoft's telemetry process, arguing that Microsoft needs to build a data collection 'off switch' into Windows 10. He characterized this suggestion as part of a "privacy brawl" between Microsoft and its customers.
The trouble is, Windows 10's telemetry system isn't designed with a simple on-off switch. Instead, it's a series of knobs that go to ... well, you know.
The argument for a telemetry kill switch baffles me, as does the implication that telemetry data is inherently at odds with personal privacy.
As far as I can tell, that "off switch" already exists, and when it's flipped to the correct position, I believe there's virtually no chance that Windows 10 telemetry information constitutes even a remote privacy issue.
Is Windows 10 telemetry a threat to your personal privacy?
For those who still cannot see the advantage of telemetry, this is one of them. The same is true for enabling telemetry data with Windows Defender (and it's also true for every single Antivirus and Antimalware that relies on Cloud protection).
For those who still don't get it, telemetry helps Microsoft improve Windows and also help them react to issues in real-time, such as the graphic card driver issue. Everytime a user complains about a bug or crash in a Windows feature, or Microsoft product, Microsoft cannot be aware of it with accurate information without telemetry. If these users keeps on complaining, but disabled the option to send crash reports to Microsoft, therefore denying the access to crucial troubleshooting data, how do you expect them to fix the issue quickly, or even fix it at all?
I don't say that everyone should enable the telemetry features on their OS without limit, but learn to make the difference between good telemetry and "bad" one (if I put it in your terms), and maybe you'll start to understand why telemetry data is crucial for Microsoft in making sure that Windows remains a stable and secure OS.
On a side note, I intent to have this thread remain open for discussion: polite and respectful discussion. So users that breaks the rules when posting in this thread will be reported. Let's not turn this thread into another mess.
Edited by Aura, 05 November 2015 - 12:34 PM.