Microsoft recently unveiled its new operating software, Windows 10 on September 30, 2014. A technical preview of Windows 10 (another word for beta test) was launched a week back and the tech-giant is already under fire for it. The Windows 10 technical preview monitors your keystrokes with the help of a built-in keylogger.
At a time when internet privacy is a major concern, several people are getting worried about this invasive data mining technique. In the terms and conditions agreement that comes along with every software before downloading, Microsoft clearly states, “[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.”
Most people around the world do not pay too much attention to the terms and conditions and often click on Agree without looking at the document. This is where the danger steps in. While Microsoft may not directly use the information like your bank account information, the information may be susceptible to hackers.
This is not the only information that Microsoft is collecting from its technical preview users. The company, in its terms and conditions also mentions that it will be collecting “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.”
The data collected by Microsoft will be held on till the Technical Preview period lasts. Once the Windows 10 launches officially to the public, the data will be removed.