Microsoft Windows 10 tracks users


In November 2018, Germany's Federal Cyberintelligence Agency (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, or BSI) released a highly detailed analysis of the myriad ways that Windows 10 tracks users and showing that only enterprise versions of Windows have the ability to turn them off. BSI found that under the Full Tracking setting Windows runs 534 tracking processes and 503 on the Basic setting. Enterprise versions have an extra "security" setting available that reduces the number to 13. Even an idle Windows computer pushes 12KB to 16KB of data per hour to seven different locations including Ireland, Wyoming, and Boston, Virginia.

Writer: Derek Zimmer
Publication: Privacy News Online