Windows 10 Technical Preview Collecting Feedback become Privacy Concern


Microsoft providing Windows 10 Technical Preview release under Insider Program in order to collect feedback from users and help shape the final version of the operating system. According to Privacy Statements for Windows Technical Preview, Microsoft is using build in keylogger to collect users’ data including what you typed, apps for compatibility, and collect voice information when you use speech to text.

“If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spell check features,” the privacy policy states.

“When you acquire, install and use the Program, Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks,” the privacy policy states. “Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.”

Microsoft has issued a response to WinBeta, but did not clarify anything. This is what they said:

The Windows 10 Technical Preview is a pre-release build of the OS designed for testing, evaluation and feedback. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. For example, all data sent from the Windows 10 Technical Preview to Microsoft is encrypted in transit and we store the personal information you provide on computer systems that have limited access and are in controlled facilities.

Once you download Tech Preview and become a member of the Windows Insider Program, you provide information about how you use the product, including what devices you use it with, along with your detailed feedback to make adjustments before we launch the product.

Although the feedback being collected in Windows Technical Preview will only occur within Technical Preview period. Once Windows 10 launches to the public as RTM, the data Microsoft collects will be removed from the operating system.