Windows 10 core telemetry can't be fully disabled

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 03 2015 @ 12:15 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore revealed there are no plans to completely disable the core telemetry features of Windows 10. While this is possible in the Enterprise version of the OS, consumers are left in the cold as the software giant argues that sending back data is necessary to improve the overall Windows 10 experience:
When users first discovered that Windows 10 would be sending back data to Microsoft, many were not surprised. Features like Cortana require data collection and some hoped that data collection could be turned off eventually. Now it looks like we’re getting confirmation that Windows 10 probably won’t ever disable all of its data collection. According to VP Joe Belfiore, Microsoft needs the information to improve customer experience.

“And in the case of knowing that our system that we’ve created is crashing, or is having serious performance problems, we view that as so helpful to the ecosystem, and so not an issue of personal privacy, that today, we collect that data so that we make that experience better for everyone. And in the cases where we’ve not provided options, we feel that those things have to do with the health of the system, and are not personal information or are not related to privacy.”

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