To JohnC_21: thank you for the links. I've not yet searched the web for what others are saying about this. Am only working with the source material, still.
jargos, the danger in HIPAA is not as some of the other posters here are claiming, because they don't understand the risk or the meaning of the issues in that law. I have to. My clients are physicians.
We are avoiding Win10 for reasons I've explained so often in this forum, it would be unfair to state them at length again. It's not MSFT directly, that I'm worried about. MSFT only wants the offline and private data -- which is more than Google can get and way beyond what Google wants -- for datamining. MSFT uniquely is in a position, via the OS, to target ads (aka 'monetize the desktop' as Amy Hood and others put it, to Wall Street); and, to slurp private data so they can sell it to companies who want to forecast demand. So it's in MSFT's best interest to protect the raw data. It's not even useful to them until it's been anonymized and aggregated. Personally, I'd argue such data is a waste of money to buy, but hey: that's a buyer's prerogative. So far, no harm, no foul.
But here's the problem: In order to justify that datamining, MSFT makes the software use terms subject to rules which violate HIPAA.
So it wouldn't matter if none of your data were ever actually slurped by MSFT even for datamining. The rules violate HIPAA, and many others in the medical business know this, and therefore won't touch Win10 nor any of the added 'services'. It's a big topic right now. I just talked to an accountant yesterday, who rolled back. His clients are mostly physicians, too. So right now, this is a slow-burn realization, but a year from now, it will be front page news.
Those who don't do their homework will be caught flat, will be the target of greedy lawyers who manipulate the rules. Malpractice insurance premiums will skyrocket, once those guys make a name for themselves.
At that point, anyone counseling or using Win10 and its 'services' will become a pariah. MSFT's own reputation will tank, and the stock will plummet. Then and only then, the company will hopefully 'do something' to provide the option to remove all telemetry from the OS (like Enterprise is supposed to get now, so it's an easy change); then and only then will the lawyers at MSFT remove the offending rules. But not before. Too much callousness, name calling against critics, intransigence.
Saddest thing is, the OS which yes has bugs, will likely be much better then. But the inapt rules will cripple it. That's why I complained so much in that latest ZDnet article. Hoping someone will see that the rules just gotta be rescinded.
That's all I'm gonna say about it now, hope you'll understand why. Thank you for your time.
Edited by brainout, 19 November 2015 - 01:41 AM.