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September 28, 2015 by

Microsoft tries to clear the air on Windows 10 privacy furor

Executives in Redmond were caught flat-footed after this summer's Windows 10 launch by charges that the new operating system is spying on customers. Several new statements for consumers and IT pros today aim to explain why those accusations are unfounded.

July 2, 2011 by

Microsoft releases Wi-Fi-logging code for privacy check

Microsoft has released some of the source code for the software it uses to collect details of people's Wi-Fi hotspots, so that it can be examined for privacy implications.In a blog post on Friday, Reid Kuhn, partner group program manager for the Windows Phone engineering team, said the publication of the code should demonstrate Microsoft's commitment to privacy and ensuring the protection of people's information.

August 2, 2010 by

Privacy: what Windows Live knows about your friends

The way that Windows Live lets you control your privacy online is a model other social networks and aggregators would do well to follow. You can easily make things private, shared with just close friends, open to friends of friends or public to the world and you don't feel like you'll have to write your own social network to do it.

May 16, 2010 by

Researchers hack a car

A group of researchers from two universities tested their hacking skills on two cars and found that they could remotely lock the brakes, the engine and windows on a car; turn on the radio, heat and windshield wipers; honk the horn; and change the speedometer display.The paper will be presented by researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California at San Diego at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in Oakland, California, on Wednesday.

February 25, 2010 by

Does that new Windows Activation update really 'phone home'?

This week, Microsoft began rolling out the Windows Activation Technologies update that it promised earlier this month. Some privacy advocates claim that the update "phones home," an expression that traditionally has been tied to spyware. I disagree with this characterization but recognize that reasonable people can find privacy concerns. Here's a background on exactly what this update does, so you can make up your own mind.

November 16, 2009 by

The war on file sharing hits Australia

Cover the windows, stay indoors and bunker down — the war on file sharing has reached Australian shores. Copyright owners have a fair claim to their content, but is it fair to saddle ISPs with the responsibility of policing their users? And should copyright enforcers be able to steal our privacy?


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