The basic fact is, that while there are many articles discussing the "controversy" surrounding what windows 10 DOES, there are nowhere near enough articles (and an especially severe lack of them on large general news sites, although there are a few on tech news sites) discussing how users can prevent it and what methods it has been using to try and get people to install it. Wrong as many think the privcy issues are, the biggest wrong with windows 10 is the intrusiveness of the attempts to push it out.
And that is no one's fault but the technical press. I have posted multiple times here about the quick and easy steps that can be taken that, from all appearances, turn off the vast majority of data sharing related to personal information. It takes all of 10 minutes to step through when you set up Windows 10 on the machine, 20 minutes tops if you visit the websites noted in some of the turning off areas to be absolutely certain that cloud data that may have been collected is deleted and advertising preferences across devices are all the same.
It doesn't sell articles because it's not inflammatory click bait. It also doesn't account for the fact that the vast majority of personal data access is related to Cortana and Cortana alone (and by Cortana I mean the full-service electronic assistant function - not the process that shares the name that's part of Windows search).
I've also reported on what GlassWire shows as my outgoing data on my machine, which has full system health telemetry turned on, and it's a trickle, not a flood.
The entire controversy regarding Windows 10 and privacy is, as Aura has noted, ginned up. Take between 10 and 20 minutes to reset things if you don't want to use all the whiz-bang features that Microsoft added after things like Siri took off like a shot. And, as Aura noted, if you're using those whiz-bang features on any other platform you've granted the entities that provide that service to you virtually entirely the same access as Microsoft asks for if you want to use their version.
If you don't want to use these things, then simply turn them off from the moment of installation where possible (and that is possible with Cortana) and cruise through your privacy settings, all panes, immediately after Windows 10 installation.
Edited by britechguy, 08 January 2016 - 04:41 PM.